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

Risk & Volatility

Actuant Corporation has a beta of 1.62, meaning that its share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Actuant Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.26, meaning that their average share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 36.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Actuant Corporation and its peers, 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 292 1672 1775 19 2.40

Actuant Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $25.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.38%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 0.25%. Given Actuant Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Actuant Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Actuant Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Actuant Corporation $1.10 billion $124.87 million -22.63
Actuant Corporation Competitors $2.20 billion $345.93 million 9.80

Actuant Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Actuant Corporation. Actuant Corporation 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.

Profitability

This table compares Actuant Corporation and its peers’ 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 3.01% 6.66% 4.75%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.3% 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, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Actuant Corporation peers beat Actuant Corporation on 11 of the 14 factors compared.

Actuant Corporation Company Profile

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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