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Brooks Automation, Inc is a semiconductor equipment & materials business based in the US. Brooks Automation shares (BRKS) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Brooks Automation employs 3,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$850.3 million.

How to buy shares in Brooks Automation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Brooks Automation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BRKS. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Brooks Automation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$70.26, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Brooks Automation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Brooks Automation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Brooks Automation's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Brooks Automation's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$70.26, which is 45.64% up on its pre-crash value of USD$38.19 and 231.57% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$21.19.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Brooks Automation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$620.25 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,821.84.

Brooks Automation share price

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Brooks Automation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$70.26
52-week range USD$21.19 - USD$57.5571
50-day moving average USD$47.8854
200-day moving average USD$44.2613
Wall St. target price USD$56.5
PE ratio 90.9286
Dividend yield USD$0.4 (0.81%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$6.1

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Is it a good time to buy Brooks Automation stock?

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Brooks Automation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $70.26 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-24) 0.80%
1 month (2020-10-30) 50.45%
3 months (2020-09-01) 34.21%
6 months (2020-06-01) 72.00%
1 year (2019-11-29) 56.94%
2 years (2018-11-30) 131.42%
3 years (2017-12-01) 195.09%
5 years (2015-12-01) 515.24%

Is Brooks Automation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Brooks Automation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Brooks Automation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Brooks Automation's P/E ratio

Brooks Automation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 91x. In other words, Brooks Automation shares trade at around 91x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Brooks Automation's PEG ratio

Brooks Automation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.24. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Brooks Automation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Brooks Automation's EBITDA

Brooks Automation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$122.1 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Brooks Automation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Brooks Automation financials

Revenue TTM USD$850.3 million
Operating margin TTM 6.86%
Gross profit TTM USD$316.7 million
Return on assets TTM 2.43%
Return on equity TTM 4.31%
Profit margin 52.71%
Book value $16.189
Market capitalisation USD$3.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Brooks Automation shares

There are currently 3.0 million Brooks Automation shares held short by investors – that's known as Brooks Automation's "short interest". This figure is 5.4% up from 2.9 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Brooks Automation shares can be evaluated.

Brooks Automation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Brooks Automation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Brooks Automation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Brooks Automation shares traded daily (recently around 468120.15503876). Brooks Automation's SIR currently stands at 6.45. In other words for every 100,000 Brooks Automation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6450 shares are currently held short.

However Brooks Automation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Brooks Automation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Brooks Automation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Brooks Automation's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Brooks Automation shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0555% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Brooks Automation shares, roughly 56 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Brooks Automation.

Find out more about how you can short Brooks Automation stock.

Brooks Automation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 38.46% of net profits

Recently Brooks Automation has paid out, on average, around 38.46% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.81% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Brooks Automation shareholders could enjoy a 0.81% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Brooks Automation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.4 per share.

While Brooks Automation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Brooks Automation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Brooks Automation's most recent dividend payout was on 25 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 3 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Brooks Automation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Brooks Automation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $21.19 up to $57.5571. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BRKS.US volatility(beta: 1.58)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Brooks Automation's is 1.5753. This would suggest that Brooks Automation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Brooks Automation overview

Brooks Automation, Inc. provides automation and cryogenic solutions worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group and Brooks Life Science Systems. The Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group segment offers wafer automation and contamination controls solutions and services. Its products include atmospheric and vacuum robots, robotic modules, and tool automation systems that offer precision handling and clean wafer environments; and automated cleaning and inspection systems for wafer carriers, reticle pod cleaners, and stockers. This segment also offers repair, diagnostic, and installation services, as well as spare parts and productivity enhancement upgrade services. The Brooks Life Science Systems segment provides automated cold storage systems; consumables, including various formats of racks, tubes, caps, plates, and foils; and instruments used for labeling, bar coding, capping, de-capping, auditing, sealing, peeling, and piercing tubes and plates. It also provides sample management services, such as on-site and off-site sample storage, cold chain logistics, sample transport and collection relocation, bio-processing solutions, disaster recovery, and business continuity, as well as project management and consulting. In addition, this segment offers sample intelligence software solutions and customer technology integration; laboratory work flow scheduling for life science tools and instrument work cells, sample inventory and logistics, environmental and temperature monitoring, and clinical trial and consent management, as well as planning, data management, virtualization, and visualization services; and gene sequencing analysis and synthesis services. The company serves the semiconductor capital equipment and life sciences sample management markets in approximately 50 countries. Brooks Automation, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

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