Financial Review: Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) & Its Peers

Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE: MSA) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Surgical appliances & supplies” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Mine Safety Appliances to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

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Mine Safety Appliances has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mine Safety Appliances’ rivals have a beta of 0.84, indicating that their average share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Mine Safety Appliances pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Mine Safety Appliances pays out 36.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 27.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Mine Safety Appliances has raised its dividend for 46 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Mine Safety Appliances and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mine Safety Appliances 0 1 2 0 2.67
Mine Safety Appliances Competitors 126 702 1249 52 2.58

Mine Safety Appliances presently has a consensus price target of $89.33, suggesting a potential upside of 7.80%. As a group, “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies have a potential upside of 4.67%. Given Mine Safety Appliances’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Mine Safety Appliances is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Mine Safety Appliances and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mine Safety Appliances 2.17% 23.91% 9.68%
Mine Safety Appliances Competitors -284.95% -50.78% -16.25%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Mine Safety Appliances and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Mine Safety Appliances $1.20 billion $26.02 million 21.41
Mine Safety Appliances Competitors $1.33 billion $194.31 million 22.38

Mine Safety Appliances’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Mine Safety Appliances. Mine Safety Appliances is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.5% of Mine Safety Appliances shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.5% of shares of all “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.5% of Mine Safety Appliances shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.2% of shares of all “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Mine Safety Appliances beats its rivals on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Mine Safety Appliances Company Profile

MSA Safety Incorporated develops, manufactures, and supplies safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures in the oil, gas, petrochemical, fire service, construction, utilities, and mining industries worldwide. It operates through Americas and International segments. The company's core product offerings include permanently installed fixed gas and flame detection instruments, such as permanently installed gas detection monitoring systems, and flame detectors and open-path infrared gas detectors, as well as replacement components and related services to detect the presence or absence of various gases in the air. Its core product offerings also consist of breathing apparatus products, such as self-contained breathing apparatus, face masks, and respirators; hand-held portable gas detection instruments; industrial head protection products; firefighter helmets and protective apparel; and fall protection equipment comprising confined space equipment, harnesses, fall arrest equipment, lanyards, and lifelines. In addition, the company offers respirators, eye and face protection products, ballistic helmets, and gas masks. It serves distributors, and industrial or military end-users through indirect and direct sales channels. The company was founded in 1914 and is based in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

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