Avantor (NYSE: AVTR) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Analytical instruments” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Avantor to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.1% of Avantor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.6% of shares of all “Analytical instruments” companies are owned by institutional investors. 16.7% of shares of all “Analytical instruments” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Avantor and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Avantor N/A N/A N/A
Avantor Competitors -129.30% -104.30% -16.45%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Avantor and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Avantor 0 4 19 0 2.83
Avantor Competitors 253 1058 1422 75 2.47

Avantor currently has a consensus price target of $20.76, suggesting a potential upside of 18.50%. As a group, “Analytical instruments” companies have a potential upside of 4.40%. Given Avantor’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Avantor is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Avantor and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Avantor N/A N/A 30.21
Avantor Competitors $1.15 billion $179.99 million 14.95

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

Summary

Avantor beats its peers on 8 of the 11 factors compared.

About Avantor

Avantor, Inc. is a provider of mission critical products and services to customers in the biopharma, healthcare, education & government, and advanced technologies & applied materials industries. It sells materials & consumables, equipment & instrumentation and services & specialty procurement. It operates in more than 30 countries and deliver an extensive portfolio of products and services. The company was founded by John Townsend Baker in 1904 and is headquartered in Radnor, PA.

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