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How to buy MKS Instruments stock | $142.9

Learn how to easily invest in MKS Instruments stock.

MKS Instruments Inc is a scientific & technical instruments business based in the US. MKS Instruments shares (MKSI) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. MKS Instruments employs 5,400 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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MKS Instruments stock price (NASDAQ: MKSI)

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MKS Instruments shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-23.
Latest market close$142.90
52-week range$105.42 - $198.90
50-day moving average $147.70
200-day moving average $164.49
Wall St. target price$220.20
PE ratio 16.8652
Dividend yield $0.82 (0.56%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $8.58

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MKS Instruments price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $142.9 from 2021-10-27

1 week (2021-10-21) -1.71%
1 month (2021-09-28) -5.32%
3 months (2021-07-28) -10.74%
6 months (2021-04-28) -24.06%
1 year (2020-10-27) 30.15%
2 years (2019-10-25) 28.99%
3 years (2018-10-26) 101.89%
5 years (2016-10-27) 186.37%

Is MKS Instruments under- or over-valued?

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

MKS Instruments's P/E ratio

MKS Instruments's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, MKS Instruments shares trade at around 17x recent earnings.

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

MKS Instruments's PEG ratio

MKS Instruments's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.61. 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 MKS Instruments's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

MKS Instruments's EBITDA

MKS Instruments's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $728.1 million.

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

MKS Instruments financials

Revenue TTM $2.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 23.49%
Gross profit TTM $1 billion
Return on assets TTM 10.09%
Return on equity TTM 20.08%
Profit margin 17.67%
Book value $47.20
Market capitalisation $8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting MKS Instruments shares

There are currently 1.2 million MKS Instruments shares held short by investors – that's known as MKS Instruments's "short interest". This figure is 11.8% down from 1.4 million last month.

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

MKS Instruments's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

MKS Instruments's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of MKS Instruments shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of MKS Instruments shares traded daily (recently around 406963.78737542). MKS Instruments's SIR currently stands at 3.01. In other words for every 100,000 MKS Instruments shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3010 shares are currently held short.

However MKS Instruments's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of MKS Instruments shares, or, against the total number of tradable MKS Instruments shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case MKS Instruments's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 MKS Instruments shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0222% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable MKS Instruments shares, roughly 22 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against MKS Instruments.

Find out more about how you can short MKS Instruments stock.

MKS Instruments share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 8.53% of net profits

Recently MKS Instruments has paid out, on average, around 8.53% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.61% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), MKS Instruments shareholders could enjoy a 0.61% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In MKS Instruments's case, that would currently equate to about $0.82 per share.

While MKS Instruments's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that MKS Instruments is investing more in its future growth.

MKS Instruments's most recent dividend payout was on 9 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 26 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

MKS Instruments share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, MKS Instruments's shares have ranged in value from as little as $105.423 up to $198.9007. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MKSI.US volatility(beta: 1.48)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 MKS Instruments's is 1.481. This would suggest that MKS Instruments's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

MKS Instruments overview

MKS Instruments, Inc. provides instruments, systems, subsystems, and process control solutions that measure, monitor, deliver, analyze, power, and control critical parameters of manufacturing processes worldwide. Its Vacuum & Analysis segment offers pressure and vacuum control solutions, including direct and indirect pressure measurement; materials delivery solutions comprising flow and valve technologies, as well as integrated pressure measurement and control subsystems, which provide customers with precise control capabilities; power delivery products, such as microwave, power delivery systems, radio frequency matching networks, and metrology products used in providing energy to etching, stripping, and deposition processes; and plasma and reactive gas products. The company's Light & Motion segment offers laser-based systems, such as amplifiers, fiber lasers, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, high-energy pulsed lasers, and tunable lasers; and photonics products comprising optical components, lens assemblies, and vibration isolation solutions, as well as instruments and motion products, such as high-precision motion stages and controls, hexapods, photonics instruments for measurement and analysis, and production equipment for test and measurement. Its Equipment & Solutions segment provides laser-based systems for printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing, including flexible interconnect PCB processing systems and high-density interconnect solutions for rigid PCB manufacturing and substrate processing, as well as passive component multilayer ceramic capacitor testing. The company serves semiconductor, industrial technologies, life and health sciences, research, and defense markets. It markets and sells its products and services through its direct sales organization, independent distributors, and sales representatives, as well as through its websites and product catalogs.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of MKS Instruments is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.433% of MKS Instruments shares are held by insiders and 96.809% by institutions.
How many people work for MKS Instruments?
Latest data suggests 5,400 work at MKS Instruments.
When does the fiscal year end for MKS Instruments?
MKS Instruments's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is MKS Instruments based?
MKS Instruments's address is: 2 Tech Drive, Andover, MA, United States, 01810
What is MKS Instruments's ISIN number?
MKS Instruments's international securities identification number is: US55306N1046
What is MKS Instruments's CUSIP number?
MKS Instruments's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 55306N104

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