Analyzing Woodward (WWD) and The Competition
Woodward (NASDAQ: WWD) is one of 56 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Woodward to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.
This table compares Woodward and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Risk and Volatility
Woodward has a beta of 1.21, suggesting that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Woodward’s peers have a beta of 1.21, suggesting that their average stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Woodward and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Woodward||$2.08 billion||$342.57 million||22.90|
|Woodward Competitors||$2.27 billion||$359.64 million||23.41|
Woodward’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Woodward. Woodward is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
Woodward pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Woodward pays out 15.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 35.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
71.3% of Woodward shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.9% of Woodward shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Woodward and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Woodward currently has a consensus price target of $74.75, suggesting a potential upside of 2.96%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 7.60%. Given Woodward’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Woodward has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Woodward beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.
Woodward Company Profile
Woodward, Inc. is an independent designer, manufacturer and service provider of energy control and optimization solutions. The Company designs, produces and services energy control products for various applications. The Company’s segments include Aerospace and Industrial. The Company’s Aerospace segment designs, manufactures and services systems and products for the management of fuel, air, combustion and motion control. The Company’s Industrial segment designs, produces and services systems and products for the management of fuel, air, fluids, gases, electricity, motion and combustion. The Company has production and assembly facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia and South America, and promotes its products and services throughout the world. The Company offers solutions for the aerospace, industrial and energy markets. The Company focuses primarily on serving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and equipment packagers.
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