Smith (A.O.) Corporation (NYSE: AOS) is one of 46 publicly-traded companies in the “Electrical Components & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Smith (A.O.) Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Smith (A.O.) Corporation has a beta of 1.5, meaning that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Smith (A.O.) Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.30, meaning that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Smith (A.O.) Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Smith (A.O.) Corporation $2.86 billion $549.50 million 30.65
Smith (A.O.) Corporation Competitors $1.87 billion $295.25 million -37.13

Smith (A.O.) Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Smith (A.O.) Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.0% of Smith (A.O.) Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.9% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Smith (A.O.) Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Smith (A.O.) Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Smith (A.O.) Corporation 12.10% 22.25% 11.89%
Smith (A.O.) Corporation Competitors -3.72% 5.18% 2.02%

Dividends

Smith (A.O.) Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Smith (A.O.) Corporation pays out 28.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 44.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Smith (A.O.) Corporation has increased its dividend for 11 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Smith (A.O.) Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Smith (A.O.) Corporation 0 2 4 0 2.67
Smith (A.O.) Corporation Competitors 258 1063 1240 14 2.39

Smith (A.O.) Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $68.80, suggesting a potential upside of 13.93%. As a group, “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 2.06%. Given Smith (A.O.) Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Smith (A.O.) Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Smith (A.O.) Corporation beats its rivals on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Smith (A.O.) Corporation Company Profile

A. O. Smith Corporation operates through two segments: North America and Rest of World. The Company’s Rest of World segment primarily consists of China, Europe and India. Both segments manufacture and market comprehensive lines of residential and commercial gas, gas tankless and electric water heaters, as well as water treatment products. Both segments primarily manufacture and market in their respective regions of the world. Its North America segment manufactures and globally markets specialty commercial water heating equipment, condensing and non-condensing boilers and water systems tanks. It also manufactures and markets in-home air purification products in China. It serves residential and commercial end markets in North America with a range of products, which include water heaters, boilers and other. It supplies water heaters to the residential market in China with a broad product offering, including electric, gas, gas tankless, heat pump and solar units, as well as combi boilers.

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