Head to Head Comparison: Key Technology (KTEC) & Its Rivals

Key Technology (NASDAQ: KTEC) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Key Technology to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

44.6% of Key Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.9% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are owned by institutional investors. 29.4% of Key Technology shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Key Technology and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Key Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
Key Technology Competitors 47 304 312 8 2.42

As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 3.02%. Given Key Technology’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Key Technology has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


This table compares Key Technology and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Key Technology 2.58% 5.27% 3.31%
Key Technology Competitors -19.68% 10.32% 4.69%

Risk and Volatility

Key Technology has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Key Technology’s competitors have a beta of 1.53, meaning that their average share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Key Technology and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Key Technology $129.89 million $10.16 million 34.54
Key Technology Competitors $702.98 million $110.82 million 49.88

Key Technology’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Key Technology. Key Technology 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.


Key Technology competitors beat Key Technology on 8 of the 10 factors compared.

Key Technology Company Profile

Key Technology, Inc. is a supplier of process automation solutions to the food processing industry and other industries, such as tobacco and pharmaceuticals. The Company designs, manufactures, sells and services automation equipment that processes product streams of discrete pieces. These systems integrate electro-optical automated inspection and digital sorting systems with other processing systems that include specialized conveying and preparation equipment. The Company provides parts and service for each of its product lines to customers around the world. Its automated inspection systems are used in various applications to detect and remove defects and foreign material from the product stream. It offers conveying and processing equipment, which are utilized throughout various industries to move and process product within a production plant. Its Integrated Solutions Group (ISG) provides integrated whole-line solutions. It has an installed base of inspection and processing systems.

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