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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.0% of Photronics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.4% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Photronics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Photronics and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Photronics 0 2 0 0 2.00
Photronics Competitors 58 508 1290 22 2.68

As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 5.83%. Given Photronics’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Photronics has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Photronics and its competitors’ 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 6.74% 12.76% 7.42%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Photronics and its competitors gross 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 10.76

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

Risk and Volatility

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

Summary

Photronics competitors 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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