Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is one of 58 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Actuant Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Actuant Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Actuant Corporation has a beta of 1.62, suggesting that its share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Actuant Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.22, suggesting that their average share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Actuant Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Actuant Corporation pays out -3.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 36.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Actuant Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Actuant Corporation 1 8 4 0 2.23
Actuant Corporation Competitors 292 1696 1836 30 2.42

Actuant Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $25.44, suggesting a potential downside of 1.76%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 1.68%. Given Actuant Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Actuant Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Actuant Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Actuant Corporation $1.10 billion $124.87 million -23.13
Actuant Corporation Competitors $2.17 billion $344.21 million 23.71

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Actuant Corporation -6.04% 9.43% 3.39%
Actuant Corporation Competitors 1.44% 6.73% 4.62%

Summary

Actuant Corporation competitors beat Actuant Corporation on 11 of the 14 factors compared.

Actuant Corporation Company Profile

Actuant Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes a range of industrial products and systems to various end markets. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Company’s Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Company’s Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil and gas, power generation and other energy markets. The Company’s Engineered Solutions segment provides engineered position and motion control systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as various other products to the industrial and agricultural markets.

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