ESCO Technologies (NYSE: ESE) is one of 29 public companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare ESCO Technologies to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for ESCO Technologies and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ESCO Technologies 0 0 3 0 3.00
ESCO Technologies Competitors 48 391 496 9 2.49

ESCO Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $66.50, suggesting a potential upside of 7.95%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 19.53%. Given ESCO Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe ESCO Technologies is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ESCO Technologies and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
ESCO Technologies $638.24 million $108.39 million 31.11
ESCO Technologies Competitors $481.50 million $95.49 million -3.35

ESCO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. ESCO Technologies is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

ESCO Technologies has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ESCO Technologies’ peers have a beta of 0.82, indicating that their average stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares ESCO Technologies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ESCO Technologies 8.06% 8.36% 4.84%
ESCO Technologies Competitors -4.91% 2.03% -0.79%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.1% of ESCO Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of ESCO Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

ESCO Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. ESCO Technologies pays out 16.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 21.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

ESCO Technologies beats its peers on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

ESCO Technologies Company Profile

ESCO Technologies Inc. (ESCO) is a producer of engineered products and systems sold to customers for utility, industrial, aerospace and commercial applications. The Company operates through four segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test), Utility Solutions Group (USG) and Technical Packaging. The filtration segment’s activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Crissair, Inc. (Crissair), PTI Technologies Inc. (PTI), VACCO Industries (VACCO) and Westland Technologies Inc. (Westland). The Test segment activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Beijing Lindgren ElectronMagnetic Technology Co., Ltd., ETS-Lindgren Inc. and ETS-Lindgren OY. The USG segment activities are managed by its subsidiaries, including Doble Engineering Company, Doble PowerTest Ltd and Doble TransiNor AS. The technical packaging activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Thermoform Engineered Quality LLC (TEQ), Plastique Limited and Plastique Sp. z o.o.

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