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

Risk & Volatility

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

Profitability

This table compares BTU International and its competitors’ 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 -5.26% 3.17% -0.51%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
BTU International N/A N/A -5.95
BTU International Competitors $533.28 million $58.26 million 134.06

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for BTU International and its competitors, 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 56 420 516 11 2.48

As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 26.10%. Given BTU International’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BTU International has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

BTU International competitors 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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