Lydall (NYSE: LDL) is one of 18 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Lydall to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Lydall and its peers’ 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%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.1% of Lydall shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Lydall shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Lydall has a beta of 1.73, indicating that its share price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lydall’s peers have a beta of 1.52, indicating that their average share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Lydall and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lydall 0 0 2 0 3.00
Lydall Competitors 94 410 339 25 2.34

Lydall currently has a consensus target price of $62.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.75%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 5.84%. Given Lydall’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Lydall is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lydall and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Lydall $640.28 million $92.46 million 23.90
Lydall Competitors $696.10 million $107.92 million 49.45

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

Summary

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

About Lydall

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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