American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ: AOBC) and Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) are both aerospace companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

American Outdoor Brands Corporation has a beta of 0.11, indicating that its share price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Roper Technologies has a beta of 1.05, indicating that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares American Outdoor Brands Corporation and Roper Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Outdoor Brands Corporation 10.96% 27.85% 14.59%
Roper Technologies 16.44% 13.66% 6.07%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for American Outdoor Brands Corporation and Roper Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Outdoor Brands Corporation 0 7 3 0 2.30
Roper Technologies 0 2 7 0 2.78

American Outdoor Brands Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 36.49%. Roper Technologies has a consensus target price of $240.60, indicating a potential upside of 2.65%. Given American Outdoor Brands Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe American Outdoor Brands Corporation is more favorable than Roper Technologies.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.6% of American Outdoor Brands Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.4% of Roper Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of American Outdoor Brands Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. American Outdoor Brands Corporation does not pay a dividend. Roper Technologies pays out 21.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. American Outdoor Brands Corporation has raised its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares American Outdoor Brands Corporation and Roper Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Outdoor Brands Corporation $903.19 million 0.83 $257.73 million $1.60 8.70
Roper Technologies $4.18 billion 5.73 $1.41 billion $6.68 35.09

Roper Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than American Outdoor Brands Corporation. American Outdoor Brands Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Roper Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Roper Technologies beats American Outdoor Brands Corporation on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About American Outdoor Brands Corporation

American Outdoor Brands Corporation, formerly Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, is a manufacturer of firearms and a provider of accessory products for the shooting, hunting and outdoor enthusiast. The Company operates through two segments. The Firearms segment manufactures handgun and long gun products sold under the Smith & Wesson, M&P and Thompson/Center Arms brands, as well as providing forging, machining and precision plastic injection molding services. The Outdoor Products & Accessories segment provides shooting, hunting and outdoor accessories, including reloading, gunsmithing, gun cleaning supplies, tree saws, vault accessories, knives, laser sighting systems and tactical lighting products. Brands in Outdoor Products & Accessories include Crimson Trace, Caldwell Shooting Supplies, Wheeler Engineering, Lockdown Vault Accessories, BOG POD and Golden Rod Moisture Control, as well as knives and specialty tools under Schrade, Old Timer, Uncle Henry and Imperial.

About Roper Technologies

Roper Technologies, Inc. is a technology company. The Company operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products and solutions for various end markets, including healthcare, transportation, commercial construction, food, energy, water, education and academic research. The Company operates in four segments: Medical & Scientific Imaging, which offers products and software in medical applications, and digital imaging products; RF Technology, which provides radio frequency identification (RFID) communication technology and software solutions; Industrial Technology, which produces fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering equipment, and Energy Systems & Controls, which produces control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions.

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