Critical Survey: Ichor (NASDAQ:ICHR) versus POET Technologies (OTCMKTS:POETF)

Ichor (NASDAQ:ICHRGet Rating) and POET Technologies (OTCMKTS:POETFGet Rating) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, risk and valuation.


This table compares Ichor and POET Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ichor 6.46% 19.12% 10.35%
POET Technologies N/A -88.82% -74.05%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Ichor and POET Technologies, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ichor 0 0 2 0 3.00
POET Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00

Ichor currently has a consensus price target of $47.00, indicating a potential upside of 61.46%. Given Ichor’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Ichor is more favorable than POET Technologies.

Risk and Volatility

Ichor has a beta of 2.11, meaning that its stock price is 111% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, POET Technologies has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.0% of Ichor shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Ichor shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ichor and POET Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ichor $1.10 billion 0.76 $70.90 million $2.45 11.88
POET Technologies $4.43 million 54.39 -$18.17 million ($0.05) -13.20

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


Ichor beats POET Technologies on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ichor Company Profile (Get Rating)

Ichor Holdings, Ltd. engages in the design, engineering, and manufacture of fluid delivery subsystems and components for semiconductor capital equipment. It primarily offers gas and chemical delivery systems and subsystems that are used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices. The company's gas delivery subsystems deliver, monitor, and control gases used in semiconductor manufacturing processes, such as etch and deposition; and chemical delivery subsystems blend and dispense the reactive liquid chemistries used in semiconductor manufacturing processes comprising chemical-mechanical planarization, electroplating, and cleaning. It also manufactures precision machined components, weldments, electron beam, laser-welded components, precision vacuum and hydrogen brazing, surface treatment technologies, and other proprietary products for use in fluid delivery systems. The company primarily markets its products directly and through resellers to equipment OEMs in the semiconductor equipment market in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Mexico, and internationally. Ichor Holdings, Ltd. was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

POET Technologies Company Profile (Get Rating)

POET Technologies, Inc. engages in the designing, developing, manufacturing and sale of opto-electronic solutions for the sensing, data communications and telecommunications markets. It developed POET Optical Interposer platform, which allows the integration of electronic and photonic devices into a single multi-chip module. The company was founded on November 14, 1985 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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