BTU International (NASDAQ: BTUI) is one of 29 public companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare BTU International to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

BTU International has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BTU International’s peers have a beta of 0.77, meaning that their average share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.1% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for BTU International and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BTU International 0 0 0 0 N/A
BTU International Competitors 53 411 508 10 2.48

As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 5.23%. Given BTU International’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BTU International has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares BTU International and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BTU International N/A N/A N/A
BTU International Competitors -4.77% 3.05% -0.45%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BTU International and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
BTU International N/A N/A -5.95
BTU International Competitors $554.48 million $61.00 million -24.51

BTU International’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than BTU International. BTU International 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.

Summary

BTU International peers beat BTU International on 5 of the 8 factors compared.

BTU International Company Profile

BTU International, Inc. (BTU) is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling and servicing of thermal processing equipment and related process controls for use in the electronics, alternative energy, automotive and other industries. The Company operates as a single business segment called Thermal Processing Capital Equipment. It is engaged in the supply of solder reflow systems used for surface mount applications in printed circuit board assembly. The Company’s thermal processing equipment is used in low temperature curing/encapsulation, hybrid integrated circuit manufacturing, integrated circuit packaging and sealing, and processing multi-chip modules. In addition, the equipment is used for solar cell processing, sintering nuclear fuel for commercial power generation, as well as brazing and the sintering of ceramics and powdered metals. Its alternative energy business addresses two markets, the manufacturing of solar cells and nuclear fuels.

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