Brooks Automation (BRKS) vs. Its Rivals Head to Head Analysis

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ: BRKS) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Brooks Automation to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Brooks Automation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brooks Automation 0 1 5 0 2.83
Brooks Automation Competitors 110 650 1336 51 2.62

Brooks Automation presently has a consensus target price of $30.17, indicating a potential upside of 5.57%. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 11.12%. Given Brooks Automation’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Brooks Automation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Brooks Automation has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brooks Automation’s peers have a beta of 1.18, indicating that their average stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Brooks Automation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Brooks Automation pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.1% and pay out 26.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Brooks Automation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Brooks Automation $668.56 million $95.89 million 35.72
Brooks Automation Competitors $1.64 billion $379.05 million 8.69

Brooks Automation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Brooks Automation. Brooks Automation 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.4% of Brooks Automation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Brooks Automation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brooks Automation 8.34% 11.25% 8.96%
Brooks Automation Competitors 6.59% 12.25% 7.10%


Brooks Automation peers beat Brooks Automation on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

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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