Financial Contrast: Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) versus Its Competitors

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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Brooks Automation $668.56 million $95.89 million 40.49
Brooks Automation Competitors $1.64 billion $379.05 million 11.08

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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.4% of Brooks Automation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.7% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Brooks Automation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

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%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Brooks Automation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brooks Automation 0 2 4 0 2.67
Brooks Automation Competitors 58 503 1278 21 2.68

Brooks Automation currently has a consensus target price of $30.17, indicating a potential downside of 6.86%. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 4.99%. Given Brooks Automation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Brooks Automation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Brooks Automation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. 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 1.0% and pay out 26.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Brooks Automation has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brooks Automation’s rivals have a beta of 1.22, indicating that their average share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Brooks Automation rivals beat Brooks Automation on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Brooks Automation Company Profile

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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