Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI) and Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.
This table compares Itron and Atkore International Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Atkore International Group||5.97%||26.99%||8.34%|
95.3% of Itron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of Atkore International Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Itron shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 51.0% of Atkore International Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility and Risk
Itron has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atkore International Group has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Itron and Atkore International Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Itron||$2.02 billion||1.47||$57.29 million||$1.46||52.40|
|Atkore International Group||$1.50 billion||0.88||$84.63 million||$1.41||14.71|
Atkore International Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Itron. Atkore International Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Itron, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Itron and Atkore International Group, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Atkore International Group||0||0||3||0||3.00|
Itron currently has a consensus target price of $84.44, indicating a potential upside of 10.38%. Atkore International Group has a consensus target price of $24.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.72%. Given Atkore International Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than Itron.
Atkore International Group beats Itron on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
Itron, Inc. is a technology and service company. The Company provides solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water use. It also provides the Internet of things. The Company operates through three segments: Electricity, Gas and Water. It provides a portfolio of products, solutions, software and services to electric, gas and water utility customers across the globe. It offers solutions that enable electric and natural gas utilities to build smart grids to manage assets. It offers a product portfolio, including standard meters and smart metering products, systems and services, for applications in the residential and commercial industrial markets for water and heat. The Company operates under the Itron brand across the world. Its Gas and Water manufacturing facilities are located throughout the world, while its Electricity manufacturing facilities are located in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and North America.
About Atkore International Group
Atkore International Group Inc. is a manufacturer of electrical raceway products. The Company’s products are primarily offered for non-residential construction and renovation markets, and mechanical products and solutions (MP&S) for the construction and industrial markets. The Company operates in two segments: Electrical Raceway and MP&S. Through the electrical raceway segment, it manufactures products that deploy, isolate and protect a structure’s electrical circuitry from the original power source to the final outlet. The Company’s electrical raceway segment products include electrical conduit, armored cable, cable trays, mounting systems and fittings. Through the MP&S segment, it provides products and services that frame, support and secure component parts in a range of structures, equipment and systems in electrical, industrial and construction applications. The Company’s MP&S segment products include metal framing products and in-line galvanized mechanical tube.
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