Head-To-Head Review: Nlight (LASR) vs. Its Peers

Nlight (NASDAQ: LASR) is one of 13,358 public companies in the “” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Nlight to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nlight and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Nlight $191.36 million $9.52 million 65.38
Nlight Competitors $7.20 billion $554.33 million 13.68

Nlight’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Nlight. Nlight is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Nlight and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nlight 1 4 4 1 2.50
Nlight Competitors 62470 237199 310133 12870 2.44

Nlight currently has a consensus target price of $29.22, suggesting a potential upside of 39.69%. As a group, “” companies have a potential upside of 24.64%. Given Nlight’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Nlight is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.0% of Nlight shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.9% of shares of all “” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.4% of shares of all “” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Nlight and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nlight 7.28% 9.33% 6.96%
Nlight Competitors -184.02% 6.33% 1.84%


Nlight beats its peers on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Nlight

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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