Albany International Corporation (NYSE: AIN) and Standex International Corporation (NYSE:SXI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Albany International Corporation and Standex International Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Albany International Corporation 4.98% 8.42% 3.48%
Standex International Corporation 6.08% 14.76% 7.35%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Albany International Corporation and Standex International Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Albany International Corporation $819.17 million 2.27 $159.88 million $1.27 45.67
Standex International Corporation $755.26 million 1.76 $98.18 million $3.60 28.94

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.0% of Albany International Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.0% of Standex International Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of Albany International Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Standex International Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Albany International Corporation has a beta of 1.7, meaning that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Standex International Corporation has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Albany International Corporation and Standex International Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Albany International Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Standex International Corporation 0 2 1 0 2.33

Albany International Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $52.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.34%. Standex International Corporation has a consensus target price of $115.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.36%. Given Standex International Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Standex International Corporation is more favorable than Albany International Corporation.

Dividends

Albany International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Standex International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Albany International Corporation pays out 53.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Standex International Corporation pays out 17.8% 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. Albany International Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Standex International Corporation has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Albany International Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Albany International Corporation beats Standex International Corporation on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Albany International Corporation

Albany International Corp. is focused on textiles and materials processing business. The Company operates through two segments: Machine Clothing and Albany Engineered Composites. The Company’s Machine Clothing segment supplies permeable and impermeable belts used in the manufacture of paper, paperboard, nonwovens, fiber cement and various other industrial applications. The Machine Clothing segment also supplies customized, consumable fabrics used in the manufacturing process in the pulp, corrugator, nonwovens, fiber cement, building products, and tannery and textile industries. Its Albany Engineered Composites segment includes Albany Safran Composites, LLC (ASC), in which its customer SAFRAN Group owns interest and provides engineered composite structures based on its technology to customers in the aerospace and defense industries.

About Standex International Corporation

Standex International Corporation is a diversified manufacturing company. The Company is a manufacturer of a range of products and services for diverse commercial and industrial market segments. The Company has 11 operating segments, aggregated and organized into five segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Hydraulics. The Food Service Equipment business consists of Refrigeration Solutions group, Cooking Solutions group and Specialty Solutions group. The Engraving segment’s product lines include Mold-Tech and Innovent. The Engineering Technologies segment provides engineered parts in all workable metal alloys using various forming processes. The Electronics segment is a manufacturer of custom magnetic sensing and power conversion components and assemblies. The Hydraulics segment is a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cylinders, including single or double acting telescopic, and piston rod hydraulic cylinders.

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