Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE: TMO) is one of 82 publicly-traded companies in the “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Thermo Fisher Scientific to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Thermo Fisher Scientific and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Thermo Fisher Scientific 0 1 14 0 2.93
Thermo Fisher Scientific Competitors 259 1823 3281 105 2.59

Thermo Fisher Scientific presently has a consensus target price of $203.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.43%. As a group, “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies have a potential downside of 8.61%. Given Thermo Fisher Scientific’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Thermo Fisher Scientific is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Thermo Fisher Scientific and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Thermo Fisher Scientific 11.80% 15.97% 7.48%
Thermo Fisher Scientific Competitors -370.66% -34.76% -11.96%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.5% of Thermo Fisher Scientific shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.0% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Thermo Fisher Scientific shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 18.6% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Thermo Fisher Scientific pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Thermo Fisher Scientific pays out 10.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.9% and pay out 26.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Thermo Fisher Scientific and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Thermo Fisher Scientific $19.20 billion $4.81 billion 33.86
Thermo Fisher Scientific Competitors $2.06 billion $438.96 million -67.70

Thermo Fisher Scientific has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Thermo Fisher Scientific 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.

Volatility and Risk

Thermo Fisher Scientific has a beta of 1.05, suggesting that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s peers have a beta of 0.89, suggesting that their average share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Thermo Fisher Scientific beats its peers on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Company Profile

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. develops, manufactures and sells a range of products. The Company provides analytical instruments, equipment, reagents and consumables, software and services for research, manufacturing, analysis, discovery and diagnostics. It operates through four segments: Life Sciences Solutions, Analytical Instruments, Specialty Diagnostics, and Laboratory Products and Services. The Life Sciences Solutions segment provides a portfolio of reagents, instruments and consumables. The Analytical Instruments segment provides a range of instruments, consumables, software and services. The Specialty Diagnostics segment offers a range of diagnostic test kits, reagents, culture media, instruments and associated products. The Laboratory Products and Services segment offers controlled temperature technologies products, growth protection and separation products, and water and laboratory products.

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