AMTEK (NYSE: AME) and Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares AMTEK and Emerson Electric’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AMTEK 13.37% 16.48% 7.77%
Emerson Electric 9.94% 20.47% 9.05%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for AMTEK and Emerson Electric, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AMTEK 0 1 8 0 2.89
Emerson Electric 2 10 4 0 2.13

AMTEK currently has a consensus target price of $71.33, indicating a potential downside of 1.05%. Emerson Electric has a consensus target price of $66.08, indicating a potential upside of 2.15%. Given Emerson Electric’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Emerson Electric is more favorable than AMTEK.

Dividends

AMTEK pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Emerson Electric pays an annual dividend of $1.94 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. AMTEK pays out 15.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Emerson Electric pays out 82.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Emerson Electric has raised its dividend for 60 consecutive years. Emerson Electric is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Risk & Volatility

AMTEK has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Emerson Electric has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.2% of AMTEK shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.2% of Emerson Electric shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of AMTEK shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of Emerson Electric shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AMTEK and Emerson Electric’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AMTEK $3.84 billion 4.34 $512.15 million $2.38 30.29
Emerson Electric $15.26 billion 2.72 $1.52 billion $2.35 27.53

Emerson Electric has higher revenue and earnings than AMTEK. Emerson Electric is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AMTEK, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

AMTEK beats Emerson Electric on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AMTEK

AMETEK, Inc. is a manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The Company operates through two segments: Electronic Instruments (EIG) and Electromechanical (EMG). EIG designs and manufactures instruments for the process, power and industrial and aerospace markets. EIG provides process and analytical instruments for the oil, gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and automation markets. It makes monitoring and metering devices, industrial battery chargers and uninterruptible power supplies, programmable power equipment, electrical test equipment and gas turbine sensors. EMG is a differentiated supplier of precision motion control solutions, thermal management systems, specialty metals and electrical interconnects. Its end markets include medical, automation, petrochemical and other industrial markets. It operates a network of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities.

About Emerson Electric

Emerson Electric Co. is a diversified global manufacturing company, which provides solutions to customers by bringing technology and engineering together in the industrial, commercial and consumer markets around the world. The Company operates through four segments based on the nature of the products and services rendered: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Climate Technologies and Commercial & Residential Solutions. The Company’s principal production operations are electronics assembly, metal stamping, forming, casting, machining, welding, plating, heat treating, painting and assembly. In addition, the Company uses specialized production operations, including automatic and semiautomatic testing, automated material handling and storage, ferrous and nonferrous machining, and special furnaces for heat treating and foundry applications. The Company provides measurement, control and diagnostic technologies for automated industrial processes.

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