Contrasting BTU International (BTUI) and MKS Instruments (MKSI)

BTU International (NASDAQ: BTUI) and MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.


This table compares BTU International and MKS Instruments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BTU International N/A N/A N/A
MKS Instruments 16.97% 21.21% 12.66%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for BTU International and MKS Instruments, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BTU International 0 0 0 0 N/A
MKS Instruments 0 0 4 0 3.00

MKS Instruments has a consensus target price of $109.75, indicating a potential upside of 2.71%. Given MKS Instruments’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe MKS Instruments is more favorable than BTU International.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.1% of MKS Instruments shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of MKS Instruments shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


MKS Instruments pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. BTU International does not pay a dividend. MKS Instruments pays out 12.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BTU International and MKS Instruments’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BTU International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
MKS Instruments $1.70 billion 3.41 $405.48 million $5.58 19.15

MKS Instruments has higher revenue and earnings than BTU International.


MKS Instruments beats BTU International on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

BTU International Company Profile

BTU International, Inc. (BTU) is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling and servicing of thermal processing equipment and related process controls for use in the electronics, alternative energy, automotive and other industries. The Company operates as a single business segment called Thermal Processing Capital Equipment. It is engaged in the supply of solder reflow systems used for surface mount applications in printed circuit board assembly. The Company’s thermal processing equipment is used in low temperature curing/encapsulation, hybrid integrated circuit manufacturing, integrated circuit packaging and sealing, and processing multi-chip modules. In addition, the equipment is used for solar cell processing, sintering nuclear fuel for commercial power generation, as well as brazing and the sintering of ceramics and powdered metals. Its alternative energy business addresses two markets, the manufacturing of solar cells and nuclear fuels.

MKS Instruments Company Profile

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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