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

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Nanometrics $241.61 million $41.73 million 14.13
Nanometrics Competitors $1.64 billion $379.05 million 8.74

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.

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% 12.26% 7.11%

Volatility & Risk

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations 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 110 647 1334 51 2.62

Nanometrics currently has a consensus price target of $31.67, suggesting a potential upside of 19.23%. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 11.16%. Given Nanometrics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Nanometrics is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.3% of Nanometrics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.7% of Nanometrics 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, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

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

About Nanometrics

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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