Photronics (NASDAQ: PLAB) is one of 21 public companies in the “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Photronics to related companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Photronics and its rivals, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Photronics 0 2 0 0 2.00
Photronics Competitors 58 505 1285 22 2.68

As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 6.39%. Given Photronics’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Photronics has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.0% of Photronics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.7% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Photronics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Photronics 2.97% 1.33% 1.12%
Photronics Competitors 6.09% 9.14% 5.35%

Risk and Volatility

Photronics has a beta of 0.58, suggesting that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Photronics’ rivals have a beta of 1.22, suggesting that their average stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Photronics and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Photronics $437.08 million $111.14 million 47.00
Photronics Competitors $2.04 billion $540.97 million 11.31

Photronics’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Photronics. Photronics 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.


Photronics rivals beat Photronics on 11 of the 13 factors compared.

Photronics Company Profile

Photronics, Inc. is a manufacturer of photomasks, which are photographic quartz plates containing microscopic images of electronic circuits. As of October 30, 2016, the Company operated principally from nine manufacturing facilities: two located in Europe, three in Taiwan, one in Korea and three in the United States. Photomasks are used in the manufacture of semiconductors and flat panel displays (FPDs), and are used as masters to transfer circuit patterns onto semiconductor wafers and flat panel substrates during the fabrication of integrated circuits (ICs), and a range of FPDs and other types of electrical and optical components. The Company offers reticle and photomask maintenance, including pellicle replacement, mask cleaning and re-certification, at all its sites across the world. Its products include Mature Binary, Advanced Binary Reticles, Phase Shift Masks-Embedded Attenuated Phase Shift Masks (EAPSM), Other Advanced Products and Large Area Masks.

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