FormFactor (NASDAQ: FORM) and Amkor Technology (NASDAQ:AMKR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

FormFactor has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amkor Technology has a beta of 2.7, suggesting that its stock price is 170% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares FormFactor and Amkor Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FormFactor 3.68% 17.18% 11.28%
Amkor Technology 6.41% 12.32% 4.22%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.1% of FormFactor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.4% of Amkor Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of FormFactor shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 58.1% of Amkor Technology shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for FormFactor and Amkor Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FormFactor 0 1 5 0 2.83
Amkor Technology 0 1 0 0 2.00

FormFactor presently has a consensus target price of $18.40, suggesting a potential upside of 2.36%. Amkor Technology has a consensus target price of $10.50, suggesting a potential downside of 8.02%. Given FormFactor’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe FormFactor is more favorable than Amkor Technology.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FormFactor and Amkor Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FormFactor $383.88 million 3.40 -$6.55 million $0.26 69.14
Amkor Technology $3.89 billion 0.70 $164.19 million $1.09 10.47

Amkor Technology has higher revenue and earnings than FormFactor. Amkor Technology is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than FormFactor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

FormFactor beats Amkor Technology on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FormFactor

FormFactor, Inc. is a provider of test and measurement solutions. The Company’s segments include the Probe Cards segment and Systems segment. The Company designs, manufactures and sells multiple product lines, including probe cards, analytical probes, probe stations, integrated measurement systems, thermal sub-systems, reliability test systems, and related services. Its products provide electrical information from a range of semiconductor and electro-optical devices and integrated circuits (devices) from development to production. Probe Cards segment consists of probe card products and analytical probes. Systems segment consists of wafer probing, thermal and reliability products to enable precision on-wafer measurement of integrated circuits. Systems products are used in the early phases of the development and characterization of semiconductor processes.

About Amkor Technology

Amkor Technology, Inc. is a provider of outsourced semiconductor packaging and test services. The Company’s packaging and test services are designed to meet application and chip specific requirements, including the type of interconnect technology; size, thickness and electrical, and mechanical and thermal performance. It provides packaging and test services, including semiconductor wafer bump, wafer probe, wafer backgrind, package design, packaging, system-level, and final test and drop shipment services. The Company provides its services to integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), fabless semiconductor companies and contract foundries. IDMs design, manufacture, package and test semiconductors in their own facilities. The Company offers a range of advanced and mainstream packaging and test services. The Company’s mainstream packages include leadframe packages, substrate-based wirebond packages and micro-electro-mechanical systems packages.

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