Taronis Technologies (NASDAQ:TRNX) and Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Taronis Technologies and Lam Research, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Taronis Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Lam Research 0 7 11 0 2.61

Lam Research has a consensus target price of $224.78, indicating a potential upside of 23.57%. Given Lam Research’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Lam Research is more favorable than Taronis Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Taronis Technologies and Lam Research’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Taronis Technologies -135.02% -81.90% -63.87%
Lam Research 25.64% 46.66% 22.93%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.1% of Taronis Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.6% of Lam Research shares are held by institutional investors. 27.3% of Taronis Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Lam Research shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Lam Research pays an annual dividend of $4.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Taronis Technologies does not pay a dividend. Lam Research pays out 24.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lam Research has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Taronis Technologies and Lam Research’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Taronis Technologies $9.71 million 1.31 -$15.04 million N/A N/A
Lam Research $11.08 billion 2.46 $2.38 billion $17.87 10.18

Lam Research has higher revenue and earnings than Taronis Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

Taronis Technologies has a beta of -0.66, indicating that its stock price is 166% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lam Research has a beta of 1.57, indicating that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Lam Research beats Taronis Technologies on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lam Research Company Profile

Lam Research Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, refurbishes, and services semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits worldwide. The company offers ALTUS systems to deposit conformal films for tungsten metallization applications; SABRE electrochemical deposition product for copper damascene manufacturing; SOLA ultraviolet thermal processing products for film treatment; SPEED gapfill high-density plasma chemical vapor deposition (CVD) products; Striker single-wafer atomic layer deposition (ALD) products; and VECTOR plasma-enhanced CVD ALD products. It also provides Flex for dielectric etch applications; Kiyo for conductor etch applications; Syndion for through-silicon via etch applications; and Versys metal products for metal etch processes. In addition, the company offers Coronus bevel clean products to enhance die yield; and Da Vinci, DV-Prime, EOS, SP to address a range of wafer cleaning. Further, it provides Metryx mass metrology systems for high aspect ratio etch, conformal and ALD/sidewall deposition, horizontal processing, film density monitoring, carbon mask open, and wafer cleaning/polymer removal applications; and legacy products. Lam Research Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.



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