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MKS Instruments Inc
MKSI : NASDAQ : Technology
$36.67 up0.11 | 0.30%
Today's Range: 36.56 - 36.93
Avg. Daily Volume: 265,400
11/25/15 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

MKS INSTRUMENTS INC's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2015 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company managed to grow both sales and net income at a faster pace than the average competitor in its industry this quarter as compared to the same quarter a year ago. MKS INSTRUMENTS INC is extremely liquid. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 4.79 which clearly shows the ability to cover any short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year, indicating deteriorating cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 8.32% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is very unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q3 FY15 Q3 FY14
Net Sales ($mil)209.33186.8
EBITDA ($mil)47.4536.8
EBIT ($mil)41.9331.01
Net Income ($mil)29.7729.12

Balance Sheet Q3 FY15 Q3 FY14
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)391.99435.5
Total Assets ($mil)1293.351217.37
Total Debt ($mil)0.00.0
Equity ($mil)1146.671058.56

Profitability Q3 FY15 Q3 FY14
Gross Profit Margin46.8545.5
EBITDA Margin22.6619.69
Operating Margin20.0316.6
Sales Turnover0.650.64
Return on Assets10.128.36
Return on Equity11.429.61
Debt Q3 FY15 Q3 FY14
Current Ratio6.687.03
Interest Expense0.060.01
Interest Coverage735.535167.83

Share Data Q3 FY15 Q3 FY14
Shares outstanding (mil)53.2653.07
Div / share0.170.17
Book value / share21.5319.95
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume266428.0248185.0


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 33.26 for the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 21.93. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.68 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.77 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 4.88. The price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, MKS INSTRUMENTS INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
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MKSI 14.77 Peers 33.26   MKSI 14.86 Peers 15.85

Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.

MKSI is trading at a significant discount to its peers.


Average. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

MKSI is trading at a valuation on par to its peers.

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  Price to
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MKSI 17.96 Peers 18.82   MKSI NM Peers 1.52

Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.

MKSI is trading at a discount to its peers.


Neutral. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

MKSI's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.

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  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
MKSI 1.68 Peers 4.88   MKSI 28.27 Peers 35.04

Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

MKSI is trading at a significant discount to its peers.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, MKSI is expected to trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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MKSI 2.28 Peers 4.20   MKSI 7.91 Peers 10.65

Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

MKSI is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.


Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

MKSI significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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