Kinder Morgan Management (NYSE: KMR) and AMTEK (NYSE:AME) are both large-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Kinder Morgan Management has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AMTEK has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Kinder Morgan Management and AMTEK, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kinder Morgan Management 0 0 0 0 N/A
AMTEK 0 1 8 0 2.89

AMTEK has a consensus target price of $73.11, suggesting a potential downside of 2.78%. Given AMTEK’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AMTEK is more favorable than Kinder Morgan Management.

Dividends

AMTEK pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Kinder Morgan Management does not pay a dividend. AMTEK pays out 15.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Kinder Morgan Management and AMTEK’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kinder Morgan Management N/A N/A N/A
AMTEK 13.37% 16.48% 7.77%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.8% of AMTEK shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of AMTEK shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kinder Morgan Management and AMTEK’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kinder Morgan Management N/A N/A N/A $1.85 56.60
AMTEK $3.84 billion 4.53 $512.15 million $2.38 31.60

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

Summary

AMTEK beats Kinder Morgan Management on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kinder Morgan Management Company Profile

Kinder Morgan Management, LLC is a limited partner in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P (KMP), and manages and controls its business and affairs pursuant to a delegation of control agreement. Kinder Morgan G.P., Inc., of which Kinder Morgan, Inc. indirectly owns all of the outstanding common equity, is the general partner of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP). Kinder Morgan G.P., Inc., pursuant to a delegation of control agreement among the Company, Kinder Morgan G.P., Inc. and KMP, has delegated to the Company, to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law and KMP’s limited partnership agreement, all of its rights and powers to manage and control the business and affairs of KMP, subject to the general partner’s right to approve specified actions.

AMTEK Company Profile

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.

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