Brooks Automation (NASDAQ: BRKS) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Brooks Automation to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Brooks Automation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brooks Automation 0 1 5 0 2.83
Brooks Automation Competitors 110 652 1340 51 2.62

Brooks Automation currently has a consensus target price of $30.17, suggesting a potential upside of 5.74%. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 9.98%. Given Brooks Automation’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Brooks Automation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Brooks Automation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Brooks Automation $668.56 million $95.89 million 35.66
Brooks Automation Competitors $1.98 billion $516.71 million 8.55

Brooks Automation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Brooks Automation. Brooks Automation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Brooks Automation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brooks Automation 8.34% 11.25% 8.96%
Brooks Automation Competitors 6.59% 12.25% 7.10%

Dividends

Brooks Automation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Brooks Automation pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.1% and pay out 26.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Brooks Automation has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brooks Automation’s rivals have a beta of 1.18, suggesting that their average share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.4% of Brooks Automation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Brooks Automation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Brooks Automation rivals beat Brooks Automation on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Brooks Automation

Brooks Automation, Inc. is a provider of automation and cryogenic solutions for various applications and markets. The Company operates through two segments: Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group and Brooks Life Science Systems. The Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group segment offers critical automated transport, vacuum and contamination controls solutions and services. Its product offerings include robots and integrated automation systems for handling of substrates. It is also a provider of cryogenic components to create vacuum and thermal stability within critical operating environments in the manufacturing process. It also offers equipment for automated contamination control, conditioning and metrology solutions for wafer and reticle carriers. The Brooks Life Science Systems segment offers sample life cycle management solutions that provide life science and bioscience customers with a range of sample management solutions for scientific research and support drug development.

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