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 rivals? We will compare BTU International to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Institutional and 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 insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BTU International and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share 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 114.15

BTU International’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than BTU International. BTU International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for BTU International and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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 4.83%. Given BTU International’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BTU International has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares BTU International and its rivals’ 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%

Volatility & Risk

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

Summary

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

About BTU International

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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