PDF Solutions (NASDAQ: PDFS) and ASML Holding N.V. (NASDAQ:ASML) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitabiliy.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

77.6% of PDF Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.8% of ASML Holding N.V. shares are held by institutional investors. 16.2% of PDF Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

PDF Solutions has a beta of 1.49, meaning that its stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ASML Holding N.V. has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for PDF Solutions and ASML Holding N.V., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PDF Solutions 0 2 1 0 2.33
ASML Holding N.V. 0 8 10 0 2.56

PDF Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $23.33, suggesting a potential upside of 49.19%. ASML Holding N.V. has a consensus price target of $160.67, suggesting a potential upside of 4.63%. Given PDF Solutions’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe PDF Solutions is more favorable than ASML Holding N.V..


ASML Holding N.V. pays an annual dividend of $1.11 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. PDF Solutions does not pay a dividend. ASML Holding N.V. pays out 24.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares PDF Solutions and ASML Holding N.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PDF Solutions 5.29% 2.78% 2.49%
ASML Holding N.V. 23.69% 18.48% 10.71%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PDF Solutions and ASML Holding N.V.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PDF Solutions $104.27 million 4.83 $9.34 million $0.18 86.89
ASML Holding N.V. $9.17 billion 7.21 $3.22 billion $4.57 33.60

ASML Holding N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than PDF Solutions. ASML Holding N.V. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PDF Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


ASML Holding N.V. beats PDF Solutions on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

PDF Solutions Company Profile

PDF Solutions, Inc. is a provider of infrastructure technologies and services for integrated circuits (IC). The Company’s technologies and services focus on the IC manufacturing process life cycle. It operates in the segment of licensing and implementation of yield improvement solutions for integrated circuit manufacturers. The Company’s solutions combine software, test chips, an electrical wafer test system, methodologies and professional services. The Company has developed solutions for yield simulation, analysis, loss detection, and improvement. Its characterization vehicle infrastructure (CVi) enables customers to electrically characterize the manufacturing process, and establish fail-rate information needed to calibrate manufacturing yield models and prioritize yield improvement activities. Its Exensio YieldAware solution combines software and services to enable customers to collect and combine product test data and equipment signals during production.

ASML Holding N.V. Company Profile

ASML Holding N.V. is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer of chip-making equipment. The Company is engaged in the development, production, marketing, selling and servicing of semiconductor equipment systems, consisting of lithography systems. The Company’s products include systems, and installed base products and services. The Company’s principal operations are in the Netherlands, the United States and Asia. The Company offers TWINSCAN systems, equipped with lithography system with a mercury lamp as light source (i-line), Krypton Fluoride (KrF) and Argon Fluoride (ArF) light sources for 300 millimeter processing wafers for manufacturing environments for which imaging at a small resolution is required. TWINSCAN systems also include immersion lithography systems (TWINSCAN immersion systems). The Company also offers NXE systems, which are equipped with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light source technology. The Company offers YieldStar, a wafer metrology system.

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