Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (NASDAQ: AIMC) and John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE:JBT) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. has a beta of 1.64, indicating that its stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Bean Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. John Bean Technologies Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Altra Industrial Motion Corp. pays out 59.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. John Bean Technologies Corporation pays out 15.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Altra Industrial Motion Corp. has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Altra Industrial Motion Corp. is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.3% of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 3.2% of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Altra Industrial Motion Corp. and John Bean Technologies Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. 4.17% 16.50% 6.29%
John Bean Technologies Corporation 5.32% 29.18% 6.95%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Altra Industrial Motion Corp. and John Bean Technologies Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. 0 1 2 0 2.67
John Bean Technologies Corporation 0 2 5 0 2.71

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. currently has a consensus target price of $46.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.64%. John Bean Technologies Corporation has a consensus target price of $99.33, suggesting a potential upside of 4.45%. Given John Bean Technologies Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe John Bean Technologies Corporation is more favorable than Altra Industrial Motion Corp..

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Altra Industrial Motion Corp. and John Bean Technologies Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. $784.57 million 1.75 $110.94 million $1.15 40.70
John Bean Technologies Corporation $1.49 billion 2.02 $166.80 million $2.59 36.72

John Bean Technologies Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Altra Industrial Motion Corp.. John Bean Technologies Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Altra Industrial Motion Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

John Bean Technologies Corporation beats Altra Industrial Motion Corp. on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. Company Profile

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. is a designer, producer and marketer of a range of mechanical power transmission (MPT) components. The Company operates through three segments: Couplings, Clutches and Brakes; Electromagnetic Clutches and Brakes, and Gearing. It manufactures a range of couplings suitable for various industrial and specialty applications. The Electromagnetic Clutches and Brakes segment products include brakes and clutches that are used to electronically slow, stop, engage or disengage equipment utilizing electromagnetic friction type connections. The Gearing segment product lines include vertical and horizontal gear drives, speed reducers and increasers, high-speed compressor drives, enclosed custom gear drives, various enclosed gear drive and gear motor configurations, and open gearing products, such as spur, helical, worm and miter/bevel gears. Its products are used to control and transmit power and torque in virtually any industrial application involving movement.

John Bean Technologies Corporation Company Profile

John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a technology solutions provider to the segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. It operates through two segments: JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech. The JBT FoodTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically food processing systems used for fruit juice production, frozen food production, in-container food production, automated systems and convenience food preparation by the food industry. The product offerings of its FoodTech businesses include Protein, Liquid Foods and Automated Systems. The JBT AeroTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically airport ground support and gate equipment and provides services for airport authorities; airlines, airfreight, and ground handling companies; the defense contractors, and other industries. The product offerings of its AeroTech businesses include Mobile Equipment, Fixed Equipment and Airport Services.

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