Kinder Morgan Management (NYSE: KMR) and Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
92.3% of Itron shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Itron 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.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Kinder Morgan Management and Itron, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Kinder Morgan Management||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Itron has a consensus target price of $82.00, indicating a potential upside of 24.43%. Given Itron’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Itron is more favorable than Kinder Morgan Management.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Kinder Morgan Management and Itron’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|
|Itron||$2.01 billion||1.27||$31.77 million||$1.71||38.54|
Itron has higher revenue and earnings than Kinder Morgan Management. Itron 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.
This table compares Kinder Morgan Management and Itron’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|
Risk and Volatility
Kinder Morgan Management has a beta of 0.61, meaning that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Itron has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Itron beats Kinder Morgan Management on 10 of the 12 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.
Itron Company Profile
Itron, Inc. is a technology and service company. The Company provides solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water use. It also provides the Internet of things. The Company operates through three segments: Electricity, Gas and Water. It provides a portfolio of products, solutions, software and services to electric, gas and water utility customers across the globe. It offers solutions that enable electric and natural gas utilities to build smart grids to manage assets. It offers a product portfolio, including standard meters and smart metering products, systems and services, for applications in the residential and commercial industrial markets for water and heat. The Company operates under the Itron brand across the world. Its Gas and Water manufacturing facilities are located throughout the world, while its Electricity manufacturing facilities are located in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and North America.
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