Albany International Corporation (NYSE: AIN) and Intevac (NASDAQ:IVAC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Albany International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Intevac does not pay a dividend. Albany International Corporation pays out 51.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Intevac has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Albany International Corporation and Intevac, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Albany International Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Intevac 0 1 4 0 2.80

Albany International Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $52.00, indicating a potential downside of 11.64%. Intevac has a consensus price target of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 64.56%. Given Intevac’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Intevac is more favorable than Albany International Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Albany International Corporation and Intevac’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Albany International Corporation 5.06% 9.24% 3.83%
Intevac 5.97% 8.80% 6.08%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Albany International Corporation and Intevac’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Albany International Corporation $779.84 million 2.43 $52.73 million $1.33 44.25
Intevac $80.12 million 2.15 -$7.44 million $0.31 25.48

Albany International Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Intevac. Intevac is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Albany International Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Albany International Corporation has a beta of 1.72, indicating that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intevac has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.9% of Albany International Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.2% of Intevac shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of Albany International Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.1% of Intevac shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Albany International Corporation beats Intevac on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Albany International Corporation

Albany International Corp. is focused on textiles and materials processing business. The Company operates through two segments: Machine Clothing and Albany Engineered Composites. The Company’s Machine Clothing segment supplies permeable and impermeable belts used in the manufacture of paper, paperboard, nonwovens, fiber cement and various other industrial applications. The Machine Clothing segment also supplies customized, consumable fabrics used in the manufacturing process in the pulp, corrugator, nonwovens, fiber cement, building products, and tannery and textile industries. Its Albany Engineered Composites segment includes Albany Safran Composites, LLC (ASC), in which its customer SAFRAN Group owns interest and provides engineered composite structures based on its technology to customers in the aerospace and defense industries.

About Intevac

Intevac, Inc. (Intevac) is a provider of vacuum deposition equipment for a range of thin-film applications, and digital night-vision technologies and products to the defense industry. The Company’s segments include Thin-film Equipment and Photonics. The Company designs, manufactures, markets and services capital equipment used to deposit thin films and lubricants onto substrates to produce magnetic disks that are used in hard disk drives. Its thin film equipment products include 200 Lean Disk Sputtering System, 200 Lean Etch and Deposition System, AccuLuber Disk Lubrication System, INTEVAC VERTEX System, INTEVAC MATRIX Implant System, ENERGi Implant System and INTEVAC MATRIX System. The Company’s photonic segment develops, manufactures and sells compact digital-optical products for the capture and display of low-light images.

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