Energy Recovery (NASDAQ: ERII) and Albany International (NYSE:AIN) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Energy Recovery and Albany International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Energy Recovery||$49.72 million||8.41||$1.03 million||$0.07||111.43|
|Albany International||$863.72 million||2.41||$30.95 million||$0.96||67.29|
Risk and Volatility
Energy Recovery has a beta of 5.48, suggesting that its stock price is 448% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Albany International has a beta of 1.65, suggesting that its stock price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Albany International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Energy Recovery does not pay a dividend. Albany International pays out 70.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
34.3% of Energy Recovery shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.7% of Albany International shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.6% of Energy Recovery shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of Albany International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Energy Recovery and Albany International, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Energy Recovery presently has a consensus price target of $16.43, suggesting a potential upside of 110.62%. Given Energy Recovery’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Energy Recovery is more favorable than Albany International.
This table compares Energy Recovery and Albany International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Energy Recovery beats Albany International on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Energy Recovery Company Profile
Energy Recovery, Inc. is an energy solutions provider to industrial fluid flow markets. The Company’s solutions convert wasted pressure energy into a reusable asset and preserve or eliminate pumping technology in hostile processing environments. Its segments include Water, Oil & Gas, and Corporate. The Water Segment focuses on products sold for use in reverse osmosis water desalination. The Oil & Gas Segment consists of products sold for use in hydraulic fracturing, gas processing, and chemical processing. The Company offers energy recovery devices (ERDs) in the water desalination market with its pressure exchanger (PX) and turbocharger technologies. The Company offers VorTeq hydraulic fracturing system, IsoBoost, and IsoGen product lines to the oil and gas market. The Company’s customers include engineering, procurement and construction companies, original equipment manufacturers, international oil companies, national oil companies, and exploration and production companies.
Albany International Company Profile
Albany International Corp. is focused on textiles and materials processing business. The Company operates through two segments: Machine Clothing and Albany Engineered Composites. The Company’s Machine Clothing segment supplies permeable and impermeable belts used in the manufacture of paper, paperboard, nonwovens, fiber cement and various other industrial applications. The Machine Clothing segment also supplies customized, consumable fabrics used in the manufacturing process in the pulp, corrugator, nonwovens, fiber cement, building products, and tannery and textile industries. Its Albany Engineered Composites segment includes Albany Safran Composites, LLC (ASC), in which its customer SAFRAN Group owns interest and provides engineered composite structures based on its technology to customers in the aerospace and defense industries.
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