Financial Survey: Nlight (LASR) & The Competition

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

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%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Nlight and its competitors, as provided 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 currently has a consensus price target of $29.22, indicating 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, equities research analysts clearly believe Nlight is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nlight and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

76.0% of Nlight shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.9% of shares of all “” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.4% of shares of all “” companies are owned 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.

Summary

Nlight beats its competitors 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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