Head to Head Review: Douglas Dynamics (PLOW) vs. The Competition
Douglas Dynamics (NYSE: PLOW) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Douglas Dynamics to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.
Risk & Volatility
Douglas Dynamics has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Douglas Dynamics’ rivals have a beta of 1.44, meaning that their average stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Douglas Dynamics and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Douglas Dynamics Competitors||171||890||965||17||2.41|
Douglas Dynamics currently has a consensus price target of $42.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.30%. As a group, “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies have a potential upside of 6.72%. Given Douglas Dynamics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Douglas Dynamics is more favorable than its rivals.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Douglas Dynamics and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Douglas Dynamics||$416.27 million||$39.00 million||27.91|
|Douglas Dynamics Competitors||$6.06 billion||$48.37 million||121.04|
Douglas Dynamics’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Douglas Dynamics. Douglas Dynamics 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.
This table compares Douglas Dynamics and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Douglas Dynamics Competitors||4.16%||13.69%||4.12%|
Douglas Dynamics pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Douglas Dynamics pays out 71.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 35.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Douglas Dynamics has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
90.3% of Douglas Dynamics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.2% of shares of all “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.2% of Douglas Dynamics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of shares of all “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Douglas Dynamics beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.
Douglas Dynamics Company Profile
Douglas Dynamics, Inc. is a manufacturer and up-fitter of commercial vehicle attachments and equipment. The Company’s portfolio includes snow and ice management attachments sold under the BLIZZARD, FISHER, HENDERSON, SNOWEX and WESTERN brands, turf care equipment under the TURFEX brand and industrial maintenance equipment under the SWEEPEX brand. The Company operates through two segments: Work Truck Attachments and Work Truck Solutions. The Work Truck Attachments segment includes snow and ice management attachments sold under the FISHER, WESTERN, HENDERSON and SNOWEX brands. The Work Truck Solutions segment includes the up-fit of attachments and storage solutions for commercial work vehicles under the DEJANA brand and its related sub-brands. In its Work Truck Attachments segment, the Company offers a product line of snowplows, and sand and salt spreaders for light and heavy duty trucks. Its Work Truck Solutions products consist of truck and vehicle up-fits.
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