Nlight (NASDAQ: LASR) is one of 13,368 public companies in the “” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Nlight to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nlight and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Nlight $191.36 million $9.52 million 65.38
Nlight Competitors $7.19 billion $553.51 million 13.69

Nlight’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Nlight. Nlight 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.

Profitability

This table compares Nlight and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nlight 7.28% 9.33% 6.96%
Nlight Competitors -183.81% 6.52% 1.97%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

76.0% of Nlight shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.9% of shares of all “” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.4% of shares of all “” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Nlight and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nlight 1 4 4 1 2.50
Nlight Competitors 62450 237243 310144 12871 2.44

Nlight presently has a consensus target price of $29.22, suggesting a potential upside of 39.69%. As a group, “” companies have a potential upside of 24.61%. Given Nlight’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Nlight is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Nlight beats its competitors on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Nlight

nLIGHT, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures semiconductor and fiber lasers used in various end applications in the industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace and defense markets. The company also produces optical fiber products. It markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturer primarily through direct sales force in the United States, China, South Korea, Germany, and Finland, as well as through various independent sales representatives and distributors in North America, Asia, and Europe. The company was formerly known as nLight Photonics Corporation and changed its name to nLIGHT, Inc. in January 2016. nLIGHT, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

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