Align Technology (NASDAQ: ALGN) is one of 84 publicly-traded companies in the “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Align Technology to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Align Technology and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Align Technology $1.24 billion $306.55 million 65.88
Align Technology Competitors $827.23 million $159.49 million 36.37

Align Technology has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Align Technology is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Align Technology has a beta of 1.54, indicating that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Align Technology’s peers have a beta of 1.06, indicating that their average share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Align Technology and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Align Technology 0 0 10 0 3.00
Align Technology Competitors 171 1123 2462 89 2.64

Align Technology presently has a consensus target price of $193.20, suggesting a potential upside of 0.43%. As a group, “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 9.81%. Given Align Technology’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Align Technology has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.6% of Align Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.1% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Align Technology shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.0% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Align Technology and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Align Technology 19.18% 23.87% 16.93%
Align Technology Competitors -127.07% -36.30% -10.21%

Summary

Align Technology beats its peers on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About Align Technology

Align Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets a system of clear aligner therapy, intra-oral scanners and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) digital services used in dentistry, orthodontics and dental records storage. The Company operates through two segments: Clear Aligner segment and Scanner and Services (Scanner) segment. The Clear Aligner segment consists of its Invisalign System, which includes Invisalign Full, Teen and Assist (Comprehensive Products), Express/Lite (Non-Comprehensive Products) and Vivera Retainers, along with its training and ancillary products for treating malocclusion (Non-Case). The Scanner segment consists of intra-oral scanning systems and other services available with the intra-oral scanners that provide digital alternatives to the traditional cast models. The Scanner segment includes its iTero scanner and OrthoCAD services.

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