UMB Bank N A MO bought a new position in shares of Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ:BRKS) in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 5,211 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $202,000.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also bought and sold shares of BRKS. Norges Bank acquired a new stake in Brooks Automation in the 4th quarter valued at about $30,816,000. Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its holdings in Brooks Automation by 6.5% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 796,306 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $20,847,000 after purchasing an additional 48,947 shares in the last quarter. Deutsche Bank AG lifted its holdings in Brooks Automation by 11.2% in the 4th quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 155,199 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $4,061,000 after purchasing an additional 15,680 shares in the last quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in Brooks Automation by 11.4% in the 1st quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 48,804 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $1,431,000 after purchasing an additional 5,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Brinker Capital Inc. lifted its holdings in Brooks Automation by 7.6% in the 1st quarter. Brinker Capital Inc. now owns 24,981 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $733,000 after purchasing an additional 1,755 shares in the last quarter. 98.54% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on BRKS shares. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Brooks Automation from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 1st. BidaskClub lowered shares of Brooks Automation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 7th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Brooks Automation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 6th. Stifel Nicolaus upped their target price on shares of Brooks Automation from $40.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 30th. Finally, B. Riley restated a “buy” rating and issued a $47.00 target price (down from $51.00) on shares of Brooks Automation in a report on Friday, August 2nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $42.00.

In related news, insider David Pietrantoni sold 3,333 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, July 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.00, for a total transaction of $136,653.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 35,768 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,466,488. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 2.45% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Shares of BRKS stock traded down $1.00 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $30.64. 2,021 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 565,175. The stock has a market cap of $2.28 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 49.44 and a beta of 1.36. Brooks Automation, Inc has a 1 year low of $23.02 and a 1 year high of $42.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72, a quick ratio of 2.41 and a current ratio of 3.01. The business’s fifty day moving average price is $37.73.

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 1st. The semiconductor company reported $0.19 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $203.88 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $205.14 million. Brooks Automation had a net margin of 4.78% and a return on equity of 6.89%. The company’s revenue was up 18.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.21 EPS. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Brooks Automation, Inc will post 0.76 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 27th. Investors of record on Friday, September 6th will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.31%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 5th. Brooks Automation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 62.50%.

About Brooks Automation

Brooks Automation, Inc provides automation and cryogenic solutions for various markets. The company operates in two segments, Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group and Brooks Life Science Systems. The Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group segment offers mission-critical wafer automation and contamination controls solutions and services.

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