Contrasting of MKS Instruments Inc. (MKSI) and Its Rivals

We are contrasting MKS Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) and its peers on their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation. They are Scientific & Technical Instruments companies, competing one another.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

MKS Instruments Inc. has 94.1% of its shares held by institutional investors & an average of 70.94% institutional ownership for its peers. 0.5% of MKS Instruments Inc. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.03% of all Scientific & Technical Instruments companies shares are held by company insiders.


On first table we have MKS Instruments Inc. and its peers’ return on assets, return on equity and net margins.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MKS Instruments Inc. 18.89% 21.90% 15.40%
Industry Average 12.59% 12.29% 7.51%

Valuation and Earnings

The following data compares MKS Instruments Inc. and its peers’ top-line revenue, net income and valuation.

Net Income Gross Revenue Price/Earnings Ratio
MKS Instruments Inc. 392.90M 2.08B 11.89
Industry Average 83.75M 664.96M 42.67

MKS Instruments Inc. has lower P/E Ratio, but higher revenue than its peers. The business has a lower price-to-earnings ratio which is presently more affordable in contrast to its peers.

Analyst Recommendations

Table 3 provides summary of current ratings for MKS Instruments Inc. and its peers.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
MKS Instruments Inc. 0 0 1 3.00
Industry Average 1.00 1.31 1.96 2.76

$112 is the average target price of MKS Instruments Inc., with a potential upside of 12.59%. The potential upside of the peers is 37.27%. Based on the results shown earlier, MKS Instruments Inc. is looking more favorable than its peers, equities research analysts’ view.


Here are the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of MKS Instruments Inc. and its peers.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
MKS Instruments Inc. -1.3% 3.79% 8.49% -8.71% -24.73% 31.13%
Industry Average 5.26% 12.07% 16.65% 17.57% 29.87% 26.00%

For the past year MKS Instruments Inc. has stronger performance than MKS Instruments Inc.’s peers.


The Current Ratio and a Quick Ratio of MKS Instruments Inc. are 5.6 and 4.1. Competitively, MKS Instruments Inc.’s peers have 3.66 and 2.67 for Current and Quick Ratio. MKS Instruments Inc. has better ability to pay short and long-term obligations than MKS Instruments Inc.’s peers.

Volatility & Risk

MKS Instruments Inc. is 33.00% more volatile than S&P 500 because the company has a beta of 1.33. In other hand, MKS Instruments Inc.’s peers have beta of 1.16 which is 15.97% more volatile than S&P 500.


The annual dividend that MKS Instruments Inc. pay is $0.78 per share with a dividend yield of 0.8%. On the other side MKS Instruments Inc.’s peers have dividend yield of 1.69%.

MKS Instruments, Inc. provides instruments, subsystems, and process control solutions that measure, control, power, deliver, monitor, and analyze critical parameters of manufacturing processes worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Vacuum & Analysis and Light & Motion. The Vacuum & Analysis segment provides analytical and control solutions products, including gas analyzers, automation control products, IO modules, automation software, data analytics software, and precision machined components and electromechanical assemblies; and materials delivery solutions products comprising flow and valve technologies, as well as integrated pressure measurement and control subsystems to provide customers with precise control capabilities that are optimized for a given application. It also offers power delivery, plasma, and reactive gas generation products used in semiconductor and other thin film applications, and in medical imaging equipment applications; and direct and indirect pressure measurement and integrated process solutions. The Light & Motion segment offers lasers and laser-based systems, including lasers and amplifiers, fiber lasers, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, high-energy pulsed lasers, and tunable lasers, as well as accessories; optics products, such as precision optics and lens assemblies, thin-film filters and coatings, replicated mirrors, and ruled and holographic diffraction gratings, as well as subsystems and subassemblies; photonics products comprising photonics instruments and systems, and vibration and motion control products, as well as three-dimensional non-contact measurement sensors and equipment. It markets and sells its products and services through global direct sales organization, independent distributors and sales representatives, Websites, and product catalogs. The company was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts.