Nlight (NASDAQ: LASR) is one of 12,940 publicly-traded companies in the “” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Nlight to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Nlight and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nlight 1 4 4 1 2.50
Nlight Competitors 59134 224999 292388 11997 2.44

Nlight presently has a consensus price target of $29.22, indicating a potential upside of 32.17%. As a group, “” companies have a potential upside of 24.23%. Given Nlight’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Nlight is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Nlight $191.36 million $9.52 million 69.09
Nlight Competitors $7.25 billion $563.65 million 12.40

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

Profitability

This table compares Nlight and its rivals’ 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 -172.85% 8.25% 2.19%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.0% of Nlight shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.1% of shares of all “” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.4% of shares of all “” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

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

Nlight Company Profile

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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