Hillenbrand (NYSE: HI) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Hillenbrand to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Hillenbrand has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hillenbrand’s peers have a beta of 1.26, meaning that their average stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Hillenbrand pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Hillenbrand pays out 42.3% 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 36.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hillenbrand has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hillenbrand 7.87% 19.72% 6.87%
Hillenbrand Competitors 1.35% 6.51% 4.49%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Hillenbrand $1.58 billion $278.20 million 20.26
Hillenbrand Competitors $2.20 billion $347.23 million 24.69

Hillenbrand’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand 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

76.0% of Hillenbrand shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Hillenbrand 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 endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Hillenbrand and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hillenbrand 0 1 1 0 2.50
Hillenbrand Competitors 290 1652 1757 19 2.40

As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 1.07%. Given Hillenbrand’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Hillenbrand has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Hillenbrand peers beat Hillenbrand on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

About Hillenbrand

Hillenbrand, Inc. is a diversified industrial company with multiple brands that serve a range of industries across the globe. The Company operates in two segments: the Process Equipment Group and Batesville. The Process Equipment Group businesses design, develop, manufacture and service engineered industrial equipment throughout the world. The Process Equipment Group segment is a provider of compounding, extrusion and material handling; size reduction; screening and separating, and flow control products and services for a range of manufacturing and other industrial processes. It offers equipment for industries, including plastics, chemicals, fertilizers and mining. Its Batesville segment operates in the North American death care industry, and manufactures and sells funeral service products, including burial caskets, cremation caskets, containers and urns, selection room display fixtures, other personalization and memorialization products, and Web-based technology applications.

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