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Semiconductor Manufacturing Stocks Q1 Teardown: Amtech (NASDAQ:ASYS) Vs The Rest


Radek Strnad /
2024/07/03 4:55 am EDT

As the Q1 earnings season comes to a close, it’s time to take stock of this quarter's best and worst performers in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, including Amtech (NASDAQ:ASYS) and its peers.

The semiconductor industry is driven by demand for advanced electronic products like smartphones, PCs, servers, and data storage. The need for technologies like artificial intelligence, 5G networks, and smart cars is also creating the next wave of growth for the industry. Keeping up with this dynamism requires new tools that can design, fabricate, and test chips at ever smaller sizes and more complex architectures, creating a dire need for semiconductor capital manufacturing equipment.

The 14 semiconductor manufacturing stocks we track reported a mixed Q1; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 1.3%. while next quarter's revenue guidance was in line with consensus. Valuation multiples for many growth stocks have not yet reverted to their early 2021 highs, but the market was optimistic at the end of 2023 due to cooling inflation. The start of 2024 has been a different story as mixed signals have led to market volatility, but semiconductor manufacturing stocks have performed well, with the share prices up 14.9% on average since the previous earnings results.

Amtech (NASDAQ:ASYS)

Focusing on the silicon carbide and power semiconductor sectors, Amtech Systems (NASDAQ:ASYS) produces the machinery and related chemicals needed for manufacturing semiconductors.

Amtech reported revenues of $25.43 million, down 23.6% year on year, topping analysts' expectations by 8.2%. It was a mixed quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in its inventory levels but underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.

Amtech Total Revenue

Amtech achieved the biggest analyst estimates beat of the whole group. The stock is up 25.8% since the results and currently trades at $6.24.

Read our full report on Amtech here, it's free.

Best Q1: Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX)

Founded in 1980 by David Lam, who pioneered semiconductor etching technology, Lam Research (NASDAQ:LCRX) is one of the leading providers of the wafer fabrication equipment used to make semiconductors.

Lam Research reported revenues of $3.79 billion, down 2% year on year, outperforming analysts' expectations by 1.7%. It was a strong quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in its gross margin and an impressive beat of analysts' EPS estimates.

Lam Research Total Revenue

The stock is up 21.9% since the results and currently trades at $1,078.

Is now the time to buy Lam Research? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.

Kulicke and Soffa (NASDAQ:KLIC)

Headquartered in Singapore, Kulicke & Soffa (NASDAQ: KLIC) is a provider of production equipment and tools used to assemble semiconductor devices

Kulicke and Soffa reported revenues of $172.1 million, down 0.5% year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 1.2%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.

The stock is up 8.8% since the results and currently trades at $48.18.

Read our full analysis of Kulicke and Soffa's results here.

Entegris (NASDAQ:ENTG)

With fabs representing the company’s largest customer type, Entegris (NASDAQ:ENTG) supplies products that purify, protect, and generally ensure the integrity of raw materials needed for advanced semiconductor manufacturing.

Entegris reported revenues of $771 million, down 16.4% year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 0.1%. It was a mixed quarter for the company, with underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter and an increase in its inventory levels.

The stock is up 4.6% since the results and currently trades at $139.

Read our full, actionable report on Entegris here, it's free.

KLA Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC)

Formed by the 1997 merger of the two leading semiconductor yield management companies, KLA Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) is the leading supplier of equipment used to measure and inspect semiconductor chips.

KLA Corporation reported revenues of $2.36 billion, down 3% year on year, surpassing analysts' expectations by 1.7%. It was a strong quarter for the company, with a solid beat of analysts' EPS estimates and optimistic revenue guidance for the next quarter.

The stock is up 24.5% since the results and currently trades at $840.

Read our full, actionable report on KLA Corporation here, it's free.

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