Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is one of 58 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Actuant Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Actuant Corporation has a beta of 1.62, meaning that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Actuant Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.22, meaning that their average stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Actuant Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Actuant Corporation 1 8 4 0 2.23
Actuant Corporation Competitors 292 1699 1837 30 2.42

Actuant Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $25.44, indicating a potential downside of 2.51%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 1.52%. Given Actuant Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Actuant Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Actuant Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Actuant Corporation pays out -3.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 36.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

79.1% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Actuant Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Actuant Corporation and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Actuant Corporation $1.10 billion $124.87 million -23.30
Actuant Corporation Competitors $2.17 billion $344.21 million 23.44

Actuant Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Actuant Corporation. Actuant Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Actuant Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Actuant Corporation -6.04% 9.43% 3.39%
Actuant Corporation Competitors 0.98% 5.42% 4.37%

Summary

Actuant Corporation rivals beat Actuant Corporation on 11 of the 14 factors compared.

Actuant Corporation Company Profile

Actuant Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes a range of industrial products and systems to various end markets. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Company’s Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Company’s Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil and gas, power generation and other energy markets. The Company’s Engineered Solutions segment provides engineered position and motion control systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as various other products to the industrial and agricultural markets.

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