BTU International (NASDAQ: BTUI) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare BTU International to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

BTU International has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BTU International’s peers have a beta of 0.80, suggesting that their average stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

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 -5.46% 2.60% -1.00%

Insider and Institutional 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 company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares BTU International and its peers 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 $527.57 million $57.87 million 142.85

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

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BTU International 0 0 0 0 N/A
BTU International Competitors 55 415 511 11 2.48

As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 31.38%. Given BTU International’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe BTU International has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

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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