Head to Head Survey: MKS Instruments (MKSI) & The Competition

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ: MKSI) is one of 29 public companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare MKS Instruments to related companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for MKS Instruments and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MKS Instruments 0 0 4 0 3.00
MKS Instruments Competitors 48 395 500 9 2.49

MKS Instruments presently has a consensus target price of $95.50, indicating a potential downside of 2.95%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 21.87%. Given MKS Instruments’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe MKS Instruments is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk and Volatility

MKS Instruments has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MKS Instruments’ rivals have a beta of 0.82, meaning that their average stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MKS Instruments 15.47% 19.47% 11.16%
MKS Instruments Competitors -4.92% 2.09% -0.74%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.4% of MKS Instruments shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of MKS Instruments shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

MKS Instruments pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. MKS Instruments pays out 14.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 21.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. MKS Instruments is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
MKS Instruments $1.70 billion $405.48 million 20.50
MKS Instruments Competitors $481.50 million $95.49 million 2.90

MKS Instruments has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. MKS Instruments 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.

Summary

MKS Instruments beats its rivals on 13 of the 15 factors compared.

About MKS Instruments

MKS Instruments, Inc. is a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measures, controls, powers, delivers, monitors and analyzes critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes. The Company operates through two segments, including the Vacuum & Analysis segment and the Light & Motion segment. The Vacuum & Analysis segment provides a range of instruments, components, subsystems and software, which are derived from its core competencies in pressure measurement and control, flow measurement and control, gas and vapor delivery, gas composition analysis, residual gas analysis, leak detection, control and information technology, ozone generation and delivery, radio frequency (RF) and direct current (DC) power, reactive gas generation and vacuum technology. The Light & Motion segment provides a range of instruments, components and subsystems, which are derived from its core competencies in lasers, photonics and optics.

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