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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.3% of Nanometrics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.7% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.7% of Nanometrics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Nanometrics $241.61 million $41.73 million 14.31
Nanometrics Competitors $1.99 billion $520.39 million 9.30

Nanometrics’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Nanometrics. Nanometrics 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.

Volatility and Risk

Nanometrics has a beta of 1.74, indicating that its stock price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nanometrics’ rivals have a beta of 1.18, indicating that their average stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Nanometrics and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nanometrics 0 0 3 0 3.00
Nanometrics Competitors 110 653 1344 51 2.62

Nanometrics currently has a consensus price target of $31.67, suggesting a potential upside of 17.68%. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 10.69%. Given Nanometrics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Nanometrics is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nanometrics 19.94% 11.95% 10.01%
Nanometrics Competitors 6.59% 12.25% 7.10%

Summary

Nanometrics beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Nanometrics Company Profile

Nanometrics Incorporated is a provider of process control metrology and inspection systems used primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors and other solid-state devices, including sensors, optoelectronic devices, high-brightness (HB) light emitting diodes (LEDs), discretes and data storages components. The Company’s automated and integrated metrology systems measure critical dimensions, device structures, topography and various thin film properties, including three-dimensional features and film thickness, as well as optical, electrical and material properties. The Company’s process control solutions are deployed throughout the fabrication process, from front-end-of-line substrate manufacturing, to production of semiconductors and other devices, to three-dimensional wafer-level packaging applications. The Company’s automated systems primarily consist of automated metrology systems that are employed in semiconductor production environments.

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