Peregrine Capital Management LLC Has $11.93 Million Stake in Nanometrics Incorporated (NANO)

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Peregrine Capital Management LLC grew its stake in Nanometrics Incorporated (NASDAQ:NANO) by 2.7% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 318,028 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after buying an additional 8,257 shares during the quarter. Peregrine Capital Management LLC owned 1.32% of Nanometrics worth $11,932,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of NANO. Wells Fargo & Company MN lifted its holdings in shares of Nanometrics by 18.4% in the 1st quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 42,777 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $1,151,000 after buying an additional 6,635 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Nanometrics by 9.6% in the 1st quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 117,911 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $3,172,000 after buying an additional 10,328 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp lifted its holdings in shares of Nanometrics by 0.9% in the 1st quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 296,012 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $7,962,000 after buying an additional 2,579 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System lifted its holdings in shares of Nanometrics by 6.7% in the 1st quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 77,586 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $2,087,000 after buying an additional 4,886 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its holdings in shares of Nanometrics by 3.1% in the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,523,644 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $40,986,000 after buying an additional 45,827 shares during the period. 85.12% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Nanometrics stock opened at $30.83 on Friday. Nanometrics Incorporated has a twelve month low of $22.08 and a twelve month high of $48.26. The stock has a market capitalization of $752.58 million, a P/E ratio of 14.64, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.13 and a beta of 1.81.

Nanometrics (NASDAQ:NANO) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 31st. The semiconductor company reported $0.71 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.66 by $0.05. Nanometrics had a return on equity of 19.74% and a net margin of 16.55%. The firm had revenue of $88.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $86.53 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.30 EPS. Nanometrics’s revenue for the quarter was up 37.5% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, research analysts forecast that Nanometrics Incorporated will post 2.3 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, Director Bruce C. Rhine sold 3,655 shares of Nanometrics stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.65, for a total value of $155,885.75. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 693,418 shares in the company, valued at approximately $29,574,277.70. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, General Counsel Janet Therese Taylor sold 747 shares of Nanometrics stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.93, for a total value of $31,321.71. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 66,063 shares of company stock valued at $2,789,433. 6.90% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. ValuEngine cut Nanometrics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 12th. BidaskClub cut Nanometrics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, September 13th. Benchmark reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $43.00 price objective on shares of Nanometrics in a report on Friday, October 5th. Zacks Investment Research cut Nanometrics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 5th. Finally, DA Davidson boosted their price objective on Nanometrics to $42.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. Nanometrics presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $35.50.

Nanometrics Profile

Nanometrics Incorporated provides process control metrology and inspection systems for use primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors and other solid-state devices worldwide. It offers automated metrology systems that provide optical critical dimension, thin film metrology, and wafer stress for transistor and interconnect metrology applications; and integrated metrology systems that are installed onto wafer processing equipment to provide near real-time measurements.

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