Douglas Dynamics (NYSE: PLOW) is one of 15 public companies in the “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Douglas Dynamics to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and valuation.

Dividends

Douglas Dynamics pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Douglas Dynamics pays out 76.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.2% and pay out 33.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Douglas Dynamics has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Douglas Dynamics $416.27 million $39.00 million 33.33
Douglas Dynamics Competitors $4.89 billion $73.89 million 168.40

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Douglas Dynamics 6.16% 14.96% 4.82%
Douglas Dynamics Competitors 3.71% 14.28% 4.26%

Risk & Volatility

Douglas Dynamics has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Douglas Dynamics’ competitors have a beta of 1.43, meaning that their average share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Douglas Dynamics and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Douglas Dynamics 0 0 2 0 3.00
Douglas Dynamics Competitors 167 871 942 17 2.41

Douglas Dynamics presently has a consensus price target of $42.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.00%. As a group, “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies have a potential upside of 3.51%. Given Douglas Dynamics’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Douglas Dynamics has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.4% of Douglas Dynamics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.4% of shares of all “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of Douglas Dynamics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of shares of all “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Douglas Dynamics competitors beat Douglas Dynamics on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Douglas Dynamics Company Profile

Douglas Dynamics, Inc. is a manufacturer and up-fitter of commercial vehicle attachments and equipment. The Company’s portfolio includes snow and ice management attachments sold under the BLIZZARD, FISHER, HENDERSON, SNOWEX and WESTERN brands, turf care equipment under the TURFEX brand and industrial maintenance equipment under the SWEEPEX brand. The Company operates through two segments: Work Truck Attachments and Work Truck Solutions. The Work Truck Attachments segment includes snow and ice management attachments sold under the FISHER, WESTERN, HENDERSON and SNOWEX brands. The Work Truck Solutions segment includes the up-fit of attachments and storage solutions for commercial work vehicles under the DEJANA brand and its related sub-brands. In its Work Truck Attachments segment, the Company offers a product line of snowplows, and sand and salt spreaders for light and heavy duty trucks. Its Work Truck Solutions products consist of truck and vehicle up-fits.

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