Orbotech (NASDAQ: ORBK) and Hubbell (NYSE:HUBB) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, dividends and earnings.

Dividends

Hubbell pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Orbotech does not pay a dividend. Hubbell pays out 53.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Orbotech and Hubbell’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Orbotech 9.78% 14.87% 10.12%
Hubbell 8.23% 19.77% 8.97%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.6% of Orbotech shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.3% of Hubbell shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.4% of Orbotech shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Hubbell shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Orbotech and Hubbell’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Orbotech $803.62 million 2.14 $154.54 million $1.65 21.73
Hubbell $3.52 billion 1.87 $605.20 million $5.28 22.61

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

Volatility & Risk

Orbotech has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hubbell has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Orbotech and Hubbell, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Orbotech 0 1 5 0 2.83
Hubbell 0 4 1 0 2.20

Orbotech presently has a consensus target price of $37.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.57%. Hubbell has a consensus target price of $117.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.01%. Given Orbotech’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Orbotech is more favorable than Hubbell.

About Orbotech

Orbotech Ltd. is a supplier of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. The Company provides cutting-edge solutions for use in the manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs), flat panel displays (FPDs) and semiconductor devices (SDs). The Company’s segments include Production Solutions for the Electronics Industry, Solar Energy and Recognition Software. The Production Solutions for the Electronics Industry segment is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and service of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. The Solar Energy segment is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of solar photovoltaic energy systems that produce electricity directly from sunlight. The Recognition Software segment is engaged in the development and marketing of check processing and healthcare payment automation solutions.

About Hubbell

Hubbell Incorporated is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of electrical and electronic products for a range of non-residential and residential construction, industrial and utility applications. The Company’s segments include Electrical and the Power. The Electrical segment consists of businesses that sell stock and custom products, including standard and special application wiring device products, rough-in electrical products, lighting fixtures and controls, components and assemblies for the natural gas distribution market, as well as other electrical equipment. In addition, certain businesses design and manufacture a range of high voltage test and measurement equipment, industrial controls and communication systems used in the non-residential and industrial markets. The Power segment consists of operations that design and manufacture various distribution, transmission, substation and telecommunications products primarily used by the electrical utility industry.

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