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Executive Summary

Brooks Automation, Inc. provides automation and cryogenic solutions worldwide. More Details

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet with solid track record.

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Share Price & News

How has Brooks Automation's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: BRKS has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Semiconductor


US Market

1 Year Return




US Semiconductor


US Market

Return vs Industry: BRKS underperformed the US Semiconductor industry which returned 37.7% over the past year.

Return vs Market: BRKS underperformed the US Market which returned 15.6% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-4.0%-4.3%-1.1%
30 Day5.1%5.0%4.2%
90 Day2.2%12.0%6.3%
1 Year9.0%8.0%40.3%37.7%18.2%15.6%
3 Year42.2%37.3%72.7%63.8%39.6%30.4%
5 Year356.2%317.1%227.5%195.4%79.5%59.2%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Brooks Automation's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is Brooks Automation undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: BRKS ($47.22) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($30.2)

Significantly Below Fair Value: BRKS is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: BRKS is poor value based on its PE Ratio (83.7x) compared to the US Semiconductor industry average (39.2x).

PE vs Market: BRKS is poor value based on its PE Ratio (83.7x) compared to the US market (18.9x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: BRKS is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.9x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: BRKS is good value based on its PB Ratio (2.9x) compared to the US Semiconductor industry average (3.3x).

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Future Growth

How is Brooks Automation forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 5 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: BRKS's forecast earnings growth (43.3% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).

Earnings vs Market: BRKS's earnings (43.3% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (22.2% per year).

High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: BRKS's revenue (10.1% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (10% per year).

High Growth Revenue: BRKS's revenue (10.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: Insufficient data to determine if BRKS's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time

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Past Performance

How has Brooks Automation performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: BRKS has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: BRKS's current net profit margins (4.9%) are higher than last year (0.4%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: BRKS's earnings have grown significantly by 36.6% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: BRKS's earnings growth over the past year (1182.6%) exceeds its 5-year average (36.6% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: BRKS earnings growth over the past year (1182.6%) exceeded the Semiconductor industry 13.9%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: BRKS's Return on Equity (3.5%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Brooks Automation's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: BRKS's short term assets ($602.0M) exceed its short term liabilities ($205.8M).

Long Term Liabilities: BRKS's short term assets ($602.0M) exceed its long term liabilities ($123.3M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: BRKS's debt to equity ratio (4.3%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: BRKS had negative shareholder equity 5 years ago, but is now positive and has therefore improved.

Debt Coverage: BRKS's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (37.2%).

Interest Coverage: BRKS's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (34.3x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Brooks Automation current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: BRKS's dividend (0.85%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.65%).

High Dividend: BRKS's dividend (0.85%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.63%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Whilst dividend payments have been stable, BRKS has been paying a dividend for less than 10 years.

Growing Dividend: BRKS's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 9 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (70.9%), BRKS's dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: BRKS's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (22.9% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Steve Schwartz (61 yo)





Dr. Stephen S. Schwartz, also known as Steve, has been Chief Executive Officer of Brooks Automation, Inc. since October 1, 2010 and has been its President since May 2016. He serves as Interim General Manag ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Steve's total compensation ($USD3.97M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.63M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Steve's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Stephen Schwartz
CEO, President10yrsUS$3.97m0.48%
$ 16.3m
Lindon Robertson
Executive VP & CFO7yrsUS$2.21m0.088%
$ 3.0m
David Gray
Senior VP and Chief Strategy & New Business Officer6.33yrsUS$1.10m0.099%
$ 3.4m
David Jarzynka
President of Semiconductor Solutions Group2yrsUS$1.48m0.091%
$ 3.1m
Guojuan Liao
President of Life Sciences Services & GENEWIZ1.92yrsUS$1.66m0.0022%
$ 77.1k
David Pietrantoni
VP of Finance7.33yrsno data0.035%
$ 1.2m
Mark Namaroff
Director of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
Jason Joseph
Senior VP9.58yrsno data0.11%
$ 3.7m
John O'Brien
Vice President of Corporate Development10.42yrsno datano data
William Montone
Senior Vice President of Human Resources15yrsUS$881.63k0.14%
$ 4.8m
J. Woodward
Senior Vice President of Quality & Engineering10.92yrsno datano data
Robin Vacha
Senior VP & GM of Life Sciences Products0.50yrno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: BRKS's management team is seasoned and experienced (7.3 years average tenure).

Board Members

Stephen Schwartz
CEO, President10yrsUS$3.97m0.48%
$ 16.3m
Joseph Martin
Independent Chairman14.42yrsUS$300.02k0.12%
$ 3.9m
A. Allen
Independent Director17yrsUS$220.02k0.14%
$ 4.8m
Mark Wrighton
Independent Director15yrsUS$215.02k0.15%
$ 5.2m
Michael Rosenblatt
Independent Director2.08yrsUS$212.52k0.011%
$ 372.1k
Ellen Zane
Independent Director8.42yrsUS$240.02k0.072%
$ 2.5m
Krishna Palepu
Independent Director14.92yrsUS$225.02k0.14%
$ 4.6m
Alfred Woollacott
Independent Director15yrsUS$230.02k0.11%
$ 3.9m
Robyn Davis
Independent Director7.33yrsUS$215.02k0.027%
$ 936.5k
Erica McLaughlin
Director0.50yrno data0.0042%
$ 145.0k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: BRKS's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 12.3 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: BRKS insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 3.2%.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Brooks Automation, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Brooks Automation, Inc.
  • Ticker: BRKS
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1978
  • Industry: Semiconductor Equipment
  • Sector: Semiconductors
  • Market Cap: US$3.427b
  • Shares outstanding: 72.57m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Brooks Automation, Inc.
  • 15 Elizabeth Drive
  • Chelmsford
  • Massachusetts
  • 1824
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
BRKSNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDFeb 1995
BA3DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURFeb 1995
0HQ1LSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDFeb 1995


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 Semicon ...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/10/27 00:18
End of Day Share Price2020/10/26 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/09/30

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.