Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) and ADT (NYSE:ADT) are both mid-cap technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Allegion and ADT, as provided by MarketBeat.
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Allegion presently has a consensus price target of $95.20, suggesting a potential upside of 10.48%. ADT has a consensus price target of $16.25, suggesting a potential upside of 35.64%. Given ADT’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe ADT is more favorable than Allegion.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Allegion and ADT’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Allegion has higher earnings, but lower revenue than ADT. ADT is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Allegion, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Allegion and ADT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Insider & Institutional Ownership
89.8% of Allegion shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Allegion shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of ADT shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Allegion pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. ADT does not pay a dividend. Allegion pays out 18.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Allegion has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years and ADT has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.
Allegion beats ADT on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Allegion Public Limited Company is a provider of security products and solutions. The Company offers a portfolio of mechanical and electronic security products across a range of brands. Its segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA), and Asia Pacific. Its products include door closers and controls; door and door frames (steel); electronic security products; electronic and biometric access control systems; exit devices; locks, locksets, portable locks and key systems; time, attendance and workforce productivity systems, and other accessories. It sells a range of security products and solutions for end users in commercial, institutional and residential facilities across the world, including into the education, healthcare, government, hospitality, commercial office and single and multi-family residential markets. As of December 31, 2016, it manufactured and sold mechanical and electronic security products and solutions in approximately 130 countries.
ADT Inc. is a provider of monitored security, interactive home and business automation and related monitoring services in the United States and Canada. The Company offers a range of products home security systems, home automation, security cameras, fire, home and safety, and monitoring services. It also offers residential, commercial, and multi-site customers a comprehensive set of burglary, video, access control, fire and smoke alarm, and medical alert solutions. Its 24/7 monitoring capabilities are enabled by 12 monitoring centers.
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