Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC) and AMTEK (NYSE:AME) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Regal Beloit Corporation has a beta of 1.53, meaning that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AMTEK has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.1% of Regal Beloit Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.6% of AMTEK shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Regal Beloit Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of AMTEK shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Regal Beloit Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. AMTEK pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Regal Beloit Corporation pays out 23.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. AMTEK pays out 15.8% 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. AMTEK has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Regal Beloit Corporation and AMTEK’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Regal Beloit Corporation $3.25 billion 1.08 $469.10 million $4.53 17.40
AMTEK $3.99 billion 3.87 $1.04 billion $2.28 29.37

AMTEK has higher revenue and earnings than Regal Beloit Corporation. Regal Beloit Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AMTEK, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Regal Beloit Corporation and AMTEK’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Regal Beloit Corporation 6.29% 9.88% 4.79%
AMTEK 13.26% 16.28% 7.68%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Regal Beloit Corporation and AMTEK, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Regal Beloit Corporation 0 5 4 0 2.44
AMTEK 0 1 9 0 2.90

Regal Beloit Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $86.33, suggesting a potential upside of 9.56%. AMTEK has a consensus target price of $65.80, suggesting a potential downside of 1.75%. Given Regal Beloit Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Regal Beloit Corporation is more favorable than AMTEK.

Summary

AMTEK beats Regal Beloit Corporation on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Regal Beloit Corporation Company Profile

Regal Beloit Corporation is a manufacturer of electric motors, electrical motion controls, power generation and power transmission products. The Company operates through three segments: the Commercial and Industrial Systems segment, with its principal line of business in medium and large electric motors, power generation products, high-performance drives and controls and capacitors; the Climate Solutions segment, with its principal line of business in small motors, controls and air moving products, and the Power Transmission Solutions segment, with its principal line of business in power transmission gearing, hydraulic pump drives, open gearing and specialty mechanical products which control motion and torque. It sells its products directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors and end users. It operates distribution facilities in Plainfield, Indiana; McAllen, Texas; LaVergne, Tennessee, and Florence, Kentucky.

AMTEK Company Profile

AMETEK, Inc. is a manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The Company operates through two segments: Electronic Instruments (EIG) and Electromechanical (EMG). EIG designs and manufactures instruments for the process, power and industrial and aerospace markets. EIG provides process and analytical instruments for the oil, gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and automation markets. It makes monitoring and metering devices, industrial battery chargers and uninterruptible power supplies, programmable power equipment, electrical test equipment and gas turbine sensors. EMG is a differentiated supplier of precision motion control solutions, thermal management systems, specialty metals and electrical interconnects. Its end markets include medical, automation, petrochemical and other industrial markets. It operates a network of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities.

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