Brooks Automation, Inc. (BRKS) Lowered to “Hold” at ValuEngine

Brooks Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKS) was downgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday.

Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on BRKS. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Brooks Automation from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $29.00 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, May 1st. B. Riley reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $32.00 price target on shares of Brooks Automation in a report on Monday, June 12th. BidaskClub cut shares of Brooks Automation from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, June 17th. Needham & Company LLC increased their target price on shares of Brooks Automation from $22.00 to $28.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, April 28th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reissued a “hold” rating and set a $26.00 target price on shares of Brooks Automation in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $27.43.

Shares of Brooks Automation (NASDAQ BRKS) traded up 4.07% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $25.54. 331,913 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.72 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.96 and a beta of 1.03. The company has a 50 day moving average of $24.52 and a 200 day moving average of $23.94. Brooks Automation has a 12 month low of $12.05 and a 12 month high of $30.23.

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The semiconductor company reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $181.72 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $177.40 million. Brooks Automation had a net margin of 8.34% and a return on equity of 11.25%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 23.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.16 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts predict that Brooks Automation will post $1.18 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in shares of Brooks Automation by 49,535.5% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 8,670,335 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $194,215,000 after buying an additional 8,652,867 shares in the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. raised its position in shares of Brooks Automation by 146.4% in the first quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 1,794,660 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $40,200,000 after buying an additional 1,066,297 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its position in shares of Brooks Automation by 23.7% in the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 2,555,177 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $55,421,000 after buying an additional 489,434 shares in the last quarter. Koch Industries Inc. bought a new position in shares of Brooks Automation during the second quarter worth about $391,000. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in shares of Brooks Automation by 6.2% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 6,675,027 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $144,781,000 after buying an additional 392,115 shares in the last quarter. 89.88% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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.

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