Head to Head Review: Actuant (ATU) versus Newport (NEWP)

Actuant (NYSE: ATU) and Newport (NASDAQ:NEWP) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

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This table compares Actuant and Newport’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Actuant $1.10 billion 1.29 -$66.21 million $0.83 28.43
Newport N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Newport has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Actuant.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Actuant and Newport, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Actuant 1 6 3 0 2.20
Newport 0 0 0 0 N/A

Actuant presently has a consensus target price of $23.63, indicating a potential upside of 0.11%. Given Actuant’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Actuant is more favorable than Newport.

Dividends

Actuant pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Newport does not pay a dividend. Actuant pays out 4.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Actuant and Newport’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Actuant -7.86% 9.21% 3.36%
Newport 6.37% 10.63% 6.60%

About Actuant

Actuant Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes a range of industrial products and systems to various end markets. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Company’s Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Company’s Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil and gas, power generation and other energy markets. The Company’s Engineered Solutions segment provides engineered position and motion control systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as various other products to the industrial and agricultural markets.

About Newport

Newport Corporation is a supplier of technology products and systems. The Company offers its products and services to a range of industries, including scientific research, microelectronics, defense and security, life and health sciences, and industrial markets. The Company operates through three business segments: Photonics Group, which includes photonics instruments and systems, vibration isolation systems and subsystems, precision positioning systems and subsystems, optical components for research applications, optical hardware, and three-dimensional non-contact measurement sensors and equipment; Lasers Group, which offers a portfolio of laser technology products and services, including ultrafast lasers and amplifiers, fiber lasers, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, and high-energy pulsed lasers and tunable lasers, and Optics Group, which offers precision optics and lens assemblies, thin-film filters and coatings, replicated mirrors, and ruled and holographic diffraction gratings.

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