Lydall (NYSE: LDL) is one of 18 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Lydall to related businesses based off the strength of its dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Lydall has a beta of 1.71, indicating that its stock price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lydall’s rivals have a beta of 1.49, indicating that their average stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Lydall and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lydall 0 0 1 0 3.00
Lydall Competitors 93 394 332 25 2.34

Lydall presently has a consensus price target of $63.00, indicating a potential upside of 36.22%. All “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 14.99%. Given Lydall’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Lydall is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.1% of Lydall shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Lydall shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lydall and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Lydall $640.28 million $92.46 million 18.88
Lydall Competitors $696.10 million $107.10 million 43.57

Lydall’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Lydall. Lydall is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Lydall and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lydall 6.56% 17.43% 9.51%
Lydall Competitors -24.03% 10.43% 4.25%

Summary

Lydall beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Lydall Company Profile

Lydall, Inc. designs and manufactures specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration/separation and thermal/acoustical applications. The Company’s segments are Performance Materials, Technical Nonwovens, Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. The Performance Materials segment includes filtration, thermal insulation and life sciences filtration businesses. The Technical Nonwovens segment includes its industrial filtration and advanced materials products. The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment includes its metal parts and related tooling used in automotive applications. The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment includes its fiber parts business and related tooling used in automotive applications. Its Filtration products include LydAir MG (Micro-Glass) Air Filtration Media, LydAir MB (Melt Blown) Air Filtration Media and Arioso Membrane Composite Media.

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