Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ:BRKS) SVP William T. Montone sold 1,337 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.59, for a total transaction of $38,224.83. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

Shares of NASDAQ:BRKS traded down $0.16 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $25.32. 464,168 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 590,781. The firm has a market cap of $1.92 billion, a PE ratio of 39.56 and a beta of 1.16. Brooks Automation, Inc has a 12-month low of $21.75 and a 12-month high of $39.75. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27, a quick ratio of 2.48 and a current ratio of 3.29.

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) last issued its earnings results on Monday, November 19th. The semiconductor company reported $0.16 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.38 by ($0.22). The company had revenue of $160.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $206.00 million. Brooks Automation had a return on equity of 13.98% and a net margin of 14.94%. The business’s revenue was up 18.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.35 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that Brooks Automation, Inc will post 1.66 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 20th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 7th will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.58%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 6th. Brooks Automation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 62.50%.

BRKS has been the subject of several analyst reports. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Brooks Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 24th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Brooks Automation from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 25th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Brooks Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, August 6th. Stephens reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $35.00 price objective on shares of Brooks Automation in a research note on Tuesday, August 7th. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $56.00 price objective (up previously from $40.00) on shares of Brooks Automation in a research note on Tuesday, August 28th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Brooks Automation has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $37.00.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Meeder Asset Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Brooks Automation during the third quarter worth approximately $104,000. Psagot Investment House Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of Brooks Automation during the second quarter worth approximately $103,000. Advisory Services Network LLC increased its position in shares of Brooks Automation by 2,387.2% during the third quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 3,507 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $123,000 after acquiring an additional 3,366 shares during the period. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC purchased a new position in shares of Brooks Automation during the second quarter worth approximately $138,000. Finally, D.A. Davidson & CO. purchased a new position in shares of Brooks Automation during the third quarter worth approximately $205,000. 98.71% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Brooks Automation Company Profile

Brooks Automation, Inc provides automation and cryogenic solutions for various applications and markets. It operates in 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.

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