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

Profitability

This table compares Hillenbrand and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hillenbrand 7.87% 19.72% 6.87%
Hillenbrand Competitors 2.99% 6.64% 4.74%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.6% of Hillenbrand shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.3% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Hillenbrand shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Hillenbrand and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hillenbrand 0 2 1 0 2.33
Hillenbrand Competitors 292 1678 1786 19 2.41

As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 3.37%. Given Hillenbrand’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Hillenbrand has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Hillenbrand has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hillenbrand’s competitors have a beta of 1.26, suggesting that their average stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hillenbrand and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Hillenbrand $1.58 billion $278.20 million 20.39
Hillenbrand Competitors $2.20 billion $345.93 million 9.91

Hillenbrand’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Hillenbrand pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Hillenbrand pays out 42.3% 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 36.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hillenbrand has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Summary

Hillenbrand competitors beat Hillenbrand on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

About Hillenbrand

Hillenbrand, Inc. is a diversified industrial company with multiple brands that serve a range of industries across the globe. The Company operates in two segments: the Process Equipment Group and Batesville. The Process Equipment Group businesses design, develop, manufacture and service engineered industrial equipment throughout the world. The Process Equipment Group segment is a provider of compounding, extrusion and material handling; size reduction; screening and separating, and flow control products and services for a range of manufacturing and other industrial processes. It offers equipment for industries, including plastics, chemicals, fertilizers and mining. Its Batesville segment operates in the North American death care industry, and manufactures and sells funeral service products, including burial caskets, cremation caskets, containers and urns, selection room display fixtures, other personalization and memorialization products, and Web-based technology applications.

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