PDF Solutions (NASDAQ: PDFS) is one of 21 public companies in the “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare PDF Solutions to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

PDF Solutions has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PDF Solutions’ competitors have a beta of 1.22, indicating that their average share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.5% of PDF Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.8% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.2% of PDF Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares PDF Solutions and its competitors’ 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%
PDF Solutions Competitors 6.81% 12.82% 7.49%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for PDF Solutions and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PDF Solutions 0 1 1 0 2.50
PDF Solutions Competitors 57 496 1269 21 2.68

PDF Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 25.94%. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 5.25%. Given PDF Solutions’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe PDF Solutions is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PDF Solutions and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
PDF Solutions $104.27 million $9.44 million 88.22
PDF Solutions Competitors $1.99 billion $520.97 million 11.16

PDF Solutions’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than PDF Solutions. PDF Solutions is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

PDF Solutions competitors beat PDF Solutions on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About PDF Solutions

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.

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