KLX (NASDAQ: KLXI) is one of 56 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare KLX to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares KLX and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
KLX $1.60 billion $240.70 million 32.06
KLX Competitors $2.27 billion $360.82 million 23.20

KLX’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than KLX. KLX is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

KLX has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KLX’s competitors have a beta of 1.21, indicating that their average stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of KLX shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares KLX and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KLX 4.83% 4.43% 2.66%
KLX Competitors 1.62% 7.91% 4.55%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for KLX and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KLX 0 2 3 0 2.60
KLX Competitors 390 1897 1909 36 2.38

KLX currently has a consensus target price of $55.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.37%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 6.75%. Given KLX’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe KLX is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

KLX competitors beat KLX on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About KLX

KLX Inc. (KLX) is the distributor and service provider of aerospace fasteners and consumables. The Company offers ranges of aerospace hardware and consumables and inventory management services across the world. The Company operates through two segments: Aerospace Solutions Group (ASG) and Energy Services Group (ESG). The Company’s ASG segment service offerings include inventory management and replenishment, creative and differential supply chain solutions, such as third-party logistics programs, special packaging and bar-coding, parts kitting, quality assurance testing and a range of purchasing assistance programs, plus the electronic data interchange capability. The Company’s ESG segment products and services include onshore completion services, wireline services, fishing services and tools, down-hole completion and production services, pressure control, accommodations and related surface rental equipment, and remanufacturing shops.

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