Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Actuant Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends and risk.

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 36.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Actuant Corporation and its rivals’ 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 2.98% 6.61% 4.74%

Risk and 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 rivals have a beta of 1.26, suggesting that their average share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Actuant Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Actuant Corporation 1 7 4 0 2.25
Actuant Corporation Competitors 290 1657 1763 19 2.41

Actuant Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $25.44, indicating a potential downside of 3.07%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 0.23%. Given Actuant Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Actuant Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.7% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Actuant Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Actuant Corporation and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Actuant Corporation $1.10 billion $124.87 million -23.44
Actuant Corporation Competitors $2.20 billion $345.93 million 24.56

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

Summary

Actuant Corporation rivals beat Actuant Corporation on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Actuant Corporation

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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