Key Technology (NASDAQ: KTEC) is one of 18 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Key Technology to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Key Technology and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Key Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
Key Technology Competitors 44 290 287 7 2.41

As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 7.82%. Given Key Technology’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Key Technology has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Key Technology has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Key Technology’s peers have a beta of 1.51, suggesting that their average stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Key Technology and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Key Technology 2.58% 5.27% 3.31%
Key Technology Competitors -24.03% 10.43% 4.25%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

44.6% of Key Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are owned by institutional investors. 29.4% of Key Technology shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Key Technology and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Key Technology $129.89 million $10.16 million 34.23
Key Technology Competitors $696.10 million $107.92 million 49.16

Key Technology’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Key Technology. Key Technology 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.

Summary

Key Technology peers beat Key Technology on 8 of the 10 factors compared.

Key Technology Company Profile

Key Technology, Inc. is a supplier of process automation solutions to the food processing industry and other industries, such as tobacco and pharmaceuticals. The Company designs, manufactures, sells and services automation equipment that processes product streams of discrete pieces. These systems integrate electro-optical automated inspection and digital sorting systems with other processing systems that include specialized conveying and preparation equipment. The Company provides parts and service for each of its product lines to customers around the world. Its automated inspection systems are used in various applications to detect and remove defects and foreign material from the product stream. It offers conveying and processing equipment, which are utilized throughout various industries to move and process product within a production plant. Its Integrated Solutions Group (ISG) provides integrated whole-line solutions. It has an installed base of inspection and processing systems.

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