Entegris (NASDAQ: ENTG) and Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Entegris and Brooks Automation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Entegris $1.25 billion 3.16 $298.17 million $0.84 33.15
Brooks Automation $668.56 million 2.93 $95.89 million $0.80 36.45

Entegris has higher revenue and earnings than Brooks Automation. Entegris is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brooks Automation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Entegris and Brooks Automation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Entegris 9.63% 17.04% 9.28%
Brooks Automation 8.34% 11.25% 8.96%

Risk & Volatility

Entegris has a beta of 1.46, suggesting that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brooks Automation has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Entegris and Brooks Automation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Entegris 0 3 5 1 2.78
Brooks Automation 0 2 4 0 2.67

Entegris currently has a consensus target price of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.54%. Brooks Automation has a consensus target price of $30.17, indicating a potential upside of 3.45%. Given Brooks Automation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Brooks Automation is more favorable than Entegris.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.1% of Entegris shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.4% of Brooks Automation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Entegris shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Brooks Automation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Brooks Automation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Entegris does not pay a dividend. Brooks Automation pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Entegris beats Brooks Automation on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Entegris

Entegris, Inc. is a global developer, manufacturer and supplier of microcontamination control products, specialty chemicals and materials handling solutions for manufacturing processes in the semiconductor and other high-technology industries. The Company operates in three business segments: Specialty Chemicals and Engineered Materials (SCEM), Advanced Materials Handling (AMH) and Microcontamination Control (MC). The SCEM segment provides process chemistries, gases, materials and delivery systems to support semiconductor and other manufacturing processes. The AMH segment develops solutions to monitor, protect, transport, and deliver critical liquid chemistries and substrates for a set of applications in the semiconductor industry and other high-technology industries. AMH offers wafer solutions, chemical containers and fluidics. MC offers solutions to purify critical liquid chemistries and gases used in semiconductor manufacturing processes and other high-technology industries.

About Brooks Automation

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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