Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Axcelis Following A Different Plan As Semiconductor Tool Spending Ramps Up

Relative to the other semiconductor tool companies that I follow, Axcelis's (NASDAQ:ACLS) basic operating plan and drivers seem a little different than most. While the company is not unaffected by the drive toward new architectures in logic and memory chips, it's not as core to the story as it is for companies in other areas of the tool market like thermal processing, metrology, and packaging. For Axcelis, the story is about carving out more share against Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), better addressing the full range of customers' ion implant needs, and exploiting growing investment in equipment for memory and "non-leading edge" chip types like sensors. Although I don't think Axcelis will achieve the same sort of ...
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