Financial Comparison: Actuant Corporation (ATU) versus Its Peers

Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Actuant Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Actuant Corporation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Actuant Corporation $1.10 billion $124.87 million -23.35
Actuant Corporation Competitors $2.20 billion $345.93 million 25.33

Actuant Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Actuant Corporation. Actuant Corporation 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.

Volatility & Risk

Actuant Corporation has a beta of 1.62, meaning that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Actuant Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.26, meaning that their average stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Actuant Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Actuant Corporation 1 7 4 0 2.25
Actuant Corporation Competitors 291 1667 1770 19 2.40

Actuant Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.40%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 0.22%. Given Actuant Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Actuant Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Actuant Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Actuant Corporation -6.04% 9.43% 3.39%
Actuant Corporation Competitors 2.96% 6.63% 4.72%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.7% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.0% of Actuant Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Actuant Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Actuant Corporation pays out -3.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 36.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Actuant Corporation competitors beat Actuant Corporation on 11 of the 14 factors compared.

Actuant Corporation Company Profile

Actuant Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes a range of industrial products and systems to various end markets. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Company’s Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Company’s Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil and gas, power generation and other energy markets. The Company’s Engineered Solutions segment provides engineered position and motion control systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as various other products to the industrial and agricultural markets.

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