Nlight (NASDAQ: LASR) is one of 125 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductors & related devices” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Nlight to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, risk and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

75.8% of Nlight shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of shares of all “Semiconductors & related devices” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.9% of shares of all “Semiconductors & related devices” 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 Nlight and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Nlight $191.36 million $13.94 million 68.16
Nlight Competitors $3.43 billion $784.58 million 19.36

Nlight’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Nlight. Nlight 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 Nlight and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nlight 7.28% 8.37% 6.55%
Nlight Competitors -50.03% 1.07% 3.40%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Nlight and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nlight 1 4 4 1 2.50
Nlight Competitors 2121 6985 12268 717 2.52

Nlight presently has a consensus price target of $29.22, indicating a potential upside of 33.99%. As a group, “Semiconductors & related devices” companies have a potential upside of 15.50%. Given Nlight’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Nlight is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Nlight beats its rivals on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Nlight Company Profile

nLIGHT, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures semiconductor and fiber lasers used in various end applications in the industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace and defense markets. The company also produces optical fiber products. It markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturer primarily through direct sales force in the United States, China, South Korea, Germany, and Finland, as well as through various independent sales representatives and distributors in North America, Asia, and Europe. The company was formerly known as nLight Photonics Corporation and changed its name to nLIGHT, Inc. in January 2016. nLIGHT, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

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