Altra Industrial Motion (NASDAQ: AIMC) and Ekso Bionics (NASDAQ:EKSO) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and dividends.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
98.3% of Altra Industrial Motion shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.7% of Ekso Bionics shares are held by institutional investors. 3.2% of Altra Industrial Motion shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of Ekso Bionics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Altra Industrial Motion and Ekso Bionics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Risk and Volatility
Altra Industrial Motion has a beta of 1.64, indicating that its stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ekso Bionics has a beta of -0.6, indicating that its stock price is 160% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Altra Industrial Motion and Ekso Bionics, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Altra Industrial Motion presently has a consensus target price of $50.60, suggesting a potential upside of 11.82%. Ekso Bionics has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 147.68%. Given Ekso Bionics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ekso Bionics is more favorable than Altra Industrial Motion.
Altra Industrial Motion pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Ekso Bionics does not pay a dividend. Altra Industrial Motion pays out 33.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Altra Industrial Motion and Ekso Bionics’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Altra Industrial Motion has higher revenue and earnings than Ekso Bionics. Ekso Bionics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Altra Industrial Motion, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Altra Industrial Motion beats Ekso Bionics on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Altra Industrial Motion
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. designs, produces, and markets mechanical power transmission components worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Couplings, Clutches and Brakes; Electromagnetic Clutches and Brakes; and Gearing. It offers coupling products under the Ameridrives, Bibby, Lamiflex, TB Wood's, Huco Dynatork, Guardian, and Stromag brands for food processing, oil and gas, power generation, material handling, medical, metals, mining, and mobile off-highway markets; and heavy duty clutches and brakes under the Wichita Clutch, Twiflex, Industrial Clutch, Svendborg Brakes, and Stromag brands for use in metal forming, oil and gas drilling platforms, mining, material handling, marine, and wind turbine applications. The company also provides overrunning clutches under the Formsprag, Marland, and Stieber brands used in conveyors, gear reducers, hoists and cranes, mining machinery, machine tools, paper machinery, and other specialty machinery, as well as aerospace and defense market; and engineered belted drives under the TB Wood's brand for aggregate, energy, chemical, and material handling markets. In addition, it offers electromagnetic clutches and brakes under the Warner Electric, Inertia Dynamics, Matrix, and Stromag brands for material handling, forklift, elevator, medical mobility, mobile off-highway, baggage handling, and plant productivity applications, as well as for walk-behind mowers, residential lawn tractors, and commercial mowers; gears under the Boston Gear, Nuttall Gear, Delroyd, and Bauer Gear Motor brands that are used in industrial, material handling, mixing, transportation, and food processing applications; and engineered bearing assemblies under the Kilian brand name for use in general industrial and automotive markets. The company was formerly known as Altra Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Altra Industrial Motion Corp. in November 2013. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Braintree, Massachusetts.
About Ekso Bionics
Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. designs, develops, and sells exoskeletons for use in the healthcare, industrial, and military markets in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates through Medical Devices, Industrial Sales, and Engineering Services segments. It primarily offers Ekso GT, a bionic suit that provides the ability to stand and walk over ground with a reciprocal gait using a cane, crutches, or a walker to individuals with spinal cord injuries, hemiplegia due to stroke, and lower limb paralysis or weakness. The company's Ekso device is primarily used in a clinic or rehabilitation setting. It also performs research and development work on human exoskeletons and related technologies. The company has a license agreement with Lockheed Martin Corporation, Regents of the University of California, and Garrett Brown, as well as with OttoBock Healthcare Products Gmbh. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Richmond, California. Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
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