Mattson Technology (MTSN) & Axcelis Technologies (ACLS) Critical Review

Axcelis Technologies (NASDAQ: ACLS) and Mattson Technology (NASDAQ:MTSN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Axcelis Technologies has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mattson Technology has a beta of 2.33, suggesting that its share price is 133% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Axcelis Technologies and Mattson Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Axcelis Technologies 10.80% 16.37% 10.94%
Mattson Technology -13.95% -18.69% -13.50%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.5% of Axcelis Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of Axcelis Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Axcelis Technologies and Mattson Technology, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Axcelis Technologies 0 2 3 0 2.60
Mattson Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Axcelis Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $30.40, indicating a potential downside of 10.06%. Given Axcelis Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Axcelis Technologies is more favorable than Mattson Technology.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Axcelis Technologies and Mattson Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Axcelis Technologies $266.98 million 3.98 $11.00 million $1.19 28.40
Mattson Technology N/A N/A N/A $0.13 27.69

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


Axcelis Technologies beats Mattson Technology on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Axcelis Technologies Company Profile

Axcelis Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures and services ion implantation and other processing equipment used in the fabrication of semiconductor chips. The Company also provides aftermarket lifecycle products and services, including used tools, spare parts, equipment upgrades, maintenance services and customer training. The Company offers a complete line of high energy, high current and medium current implanters for all application requirements. The Company’s Purion XE high energy system combines its radio frequency (RF) Linac high energy, spot beam technology with the Purion platform. The Company also offers the Purion M medium current system. The Company’s Purion M systems also offer differentiation for specialty applications, such as hot silicon carbide. The Company’s Purion H high current system is extendable into ultra-low energy applications to satisfy future process requirements, including leakage current performance.

Mattson Technology Company Profile

Mattson Technology, Inc. is a United States-based company, which provides a global semiconductor wafer processing equipment. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, marketing and supporting semiconductor wafer processing equipment, which uses in the fabrication of integrated circuits. It operates in four product sectors: dry strip, etch, conventional rapid thermal processing and millisecond anneal. It is a supplier of dry strip and rapid thermal processing (RTP) equipment for processing to semiconductor manufactures across the world for the fabrication of various devices. It offers its technology to provide capital equipment that deliver processing capability for integrated circuit fabrication to its customers. Its product support offerings include product specific upgrade kits, labor and parts, labor bank program and process engineering services. Its designing and manufacturing centers are located in the United States, Canada and Germany.

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