Komatsu (KMTUY) and Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) Head-To-Head Analysis

Komatsu (OTCMKTS: KMTUY) and Columbus McKinnon (NASDAQ:CMCO) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Komatsu and Columbus McKinnon, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Komatsu 0 0 0 0 N/A
Columbus McKinnon 0 0 2 0 3.00

Columbus McKinnon has a consensus price target of $50.00, suggesting a potential upside of 44.55%. Given Columbus McKinnon’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Columbus McKinnon is more favorable than Komatsu.

Volatility and Risk

Komatsu has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Columbus McKinnon has a beta of 1.85, suggesting that its share price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Komatsu and Columbus McKinnon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Komatsu 8.33% 10.64% 5.97%
Columbus McKinnon 1.10% 11.87% 3.88%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.2% of Komatsu shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.0% of Columbus McKinnon shares are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Columbus McKinnon shares are held 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.


Komatsu pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Columbus McKinnon pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Komatsu pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Columbus McKinnon pays out 12.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Komatsu and Columbus McKinnon’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Komatsu $16.68 billion 1.81 $1.05 billion $1.11 28.86
Columbus McKinnon $637.12 million 1.25 $8.98 million $1.32 26.20

Komatsu has higher revenue and earnings than Columbus McKinnon. Columbus McKinnon is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Komatsu, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Columbus McKinnon beats Komatsu on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Komatsu

Komatsu Ltd. is a provider of industrial-use products and services. The Company is engaged in the business of construction and mining equipment, industrial machinery and vehicles, logistics, electronics and other solutions-based operations. Its DANTOTSU service includes KOMTRAX, which is a machine tracking system whose terminals are installed on construction equipment to transmit information concerning the location, cumulative hours of operation and operating condition of vehicles, and KOMTRAX Plus, which is used in mining. Its DANTOTSU solutions include Autonomous Haulage System (AHS); intelligent Machine Control equipped; SMARTCONSTRUCTION, and intelligent Machine Control Hydraulic Excavators. Its other products include Forest Machines; Forklift Trucks; Diesel Engine Generators; large press system, and medium sized and small presses; Sheet-metal Machinery; Machine Tools; Excimer Lasers, and Thermoelectric modules and Temperature-control equipment for semiconductor manufacturing.

About Columbus McKinnon

Columbus McKinnon Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets hoists, actuators, cranes, rigging tools, digital power control systems, and other material handling products for commercial and industrial end-user markets worldwide. It offers various electric chain hoists, electric wire rope hoists, hand-operated hoists, winches, lever tools, and air-powered hoists, as well as supplies hoist trolleys; below-the-hook tooling, clamps, and textile strappings; and explosion-protected hoists. The company also provides alloy and carbon steel chains; alloy chains under the Herc-Alloy brand; load chains and carbon steel welded-link chains; alloy and carbon steel closed-die forged chain attachments, including hooks, shackles, Hammerloks, and master links; eye, shank, and ramshorn lifting hooks; and carbon steel forged and stamped products, such as load binders, logging tools, and other securing devices. In addition, it offers overhead steel jib and gantry cranes, and overhead aluminum light rail workstations under the CES, Abell-Howe, and Washington Equipment brands; industrial components, including mechanical and electromechanical actuators and rotary unions; and power and motion control systems, which comprise AC and DC drive systems, radio remote controls, push button pendant stations, brakes, and collision avoidance, and power delivery subsystems, as well as AC and DC digital motion control systems for underground coal mining equipment. Further, the company provides DC high-performance elevator drives, AC drives, and regenerative controls; and tire shredders. The company sells its products through its sales force and independent sales representatives under the CM, Coffing, Chester, Duff-Norton, Electromotive Systems, Enrange, IMPULSE, M-FORCE, Mondel, OmniPulse, Pfaff, Quattro, Shaw-Box, Telemotive, Unified, STB, Yale, and STAHL brands. Columbus McKinnon Corporation was founded in 1875 and is headquartered in Getzville, New York.

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