Woodward (NASDAQ: WWD) is one of 56 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Woodward to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

Woodward has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Woodward’s peers have a beta of 1.21, indicating that their average share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Woodward and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Woodward 0 3 5 0 2.63
Woodward Competitors 390 1898 1912 36 2.38

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 probable upside, analysts plainly believe Woodward has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

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
Woodward 9.67% 16.12% 7.67%
Woodward Competitors 1.55% 6.73% 4.63%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Woodward and its peers revenue, earnings per share 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

71.3% of Woodward shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.9% of Woodward shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Woodward beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Woodward

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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