Regal Beloit (NYSE: RBC) and Anixter International (NYSE:AXE) are both mid-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, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.
Volatility & Risk
Regal Beloit has a beta of 1.48, suggesting that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Anixter International has a beta of 2.03, suggesting that its stock price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Regal Beloit and Anixter International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional and Insider Ownership
93.9% of Regal Beloit shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.7% of Anixter International shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Regal Beloit shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of Anixter International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Regal Beloit pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Anixter International does not pay a dividend. Regal Beloit pays out 22.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Anixter International has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Regal Beloit and Anixter International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Regal Beloit has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Anixter International. Regal Beloit is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Anixter International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of current ratings for Regal Beloit and Anixter International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Regal Beloit currently has a consensus price target of $86.63, indicating a potential upside of 11.20%. Anixter International has a consensus price target of $88.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.14%. Given Regal Beloit’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Regal Beloit is more favorable than Anixter International.
Regal Beloit beats Anixter International on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Regal Beloit
Regal Beloit Corporation is a manufacturer of electric motors, electrical motion controls, power generation and power transmission products. The Company operates through three segments: the Commercial and Industrial Systems segment, with its principal line of business in medium and large electric motors, power generation products, high-performance drives and controls and capacitors; the Climate Solutions segment, with its principal line of business in small motors, controls and air moving products, and the Power Transmission Solutions segment, with its principal line of business in power transmission gearing, hydraulic pump drives, open gearing and specialty mechanical products which control motion and torque. It sells its products directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors and end users. It operates distribution facilities in Plainfield, Indiana; McAllen, Texas; LaVergne, Tennessee, and Florence, Kentucky.
About Anixter International
Anixter International Inc. is engaged in the distribution of enterprise cabling and security solutions, electrical and electronic wire and cable products and utility power solutions. The Company operates through three segments: Network & Security Solutions (NSS), Electrical & Electronic Solutions (EES), and Utility Power Solutions (UPS). The NSS segment’s product portfolio includes access control, power, cable management, wireless, professional audio/video, voice and networking switches, and other ancillary products. The EES segment’s product portfolio includes electrical and electronic wire and cable, shipboard cable, support and supply products, low-voltage cable, instrumentation cable, industrial communication and control products, security cable, connectors, industrial Ethernet switches, and voice and data cable. The UPS segment supplies electrical transmission and distribution products, power plant maintenance, repair and operations supplies, and smart-grid products.
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