Reviewing Lydall (NYSE:LDL) & Playags (AGS)

Lydall (NYSE: LDL) and Playags (NYSE:AGS) are both small-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lydall and Playags’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lydall $698.44 million 1.20 $49.31 million $2.80 17.20
Playags $211.96 million 3.63 -$45.10 million ($1.94) -11.27

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.7% of Lydall shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.4% of Lydall shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Lydall and Playags’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lydall 7.01% 14.99% 8.68%
Playags N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Lydall and Playags, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lydall 0 0 2 0 3.00
Playags 0 1 4 0 2.80

Lydall presently has a consensus price target of $59.00, indicating a potential upside of 22.53%. Playags has a consensus price target of $24.25, indicating a potential upside of 10.88%. Given Lydall’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Lydall is more favorable than Playags.

Summary

Lydall beats Playags on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lydall

Lydall, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, and automotive thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration/separation and thermal/acoustical applications worldwide. It operates through Performance Materials, Technical Nonwovens, and Thermal Acoustical Solutions segments. The Performance Materials segment offers filtration media solutions for air, fluid power, and industrial applications, such as clean-space, commercial, HVAC, power generation, and industrial processes. This segment also provides non-woven veils, papers, mats, and specialty composites for the building products, appliances, and energy and industrial markets; and life sciences filtration products for biopharmaceutical pre-filtration and clarification, diagnostic and analytical testing, respiratory protection, water filtration, and high purity process filtration. The Technical Nonwovens segment offers nonwoven rolled-good felt media and filter bags used primarily in industrial air and liquid filtration applications. The Thermal Acoustical Solutions segment provides engineered products for the transportation sector to thermally shield sensitive components from high heat, improve exhaust gas treatment, and lower harmful emissions, as well as assist in the reduction of powertrain and road noise. Its products are used in the tunnel, fuel tank, rear muffler, and spare tire applications, as well as outer dash, powertrain, catalytic converter, turbo charger, and manifolds of cars, trucks, SUVs, heavy duty trucks, and recreational vehicles. This segment also offers thermal and acoustical insulating solutions comprising organic and inorganic fiber composites for the automotive and truck markets. The company markets its products to original equipment manufacturers and tier-one suppliers through internal sales force and distribution network. Lydall, Inc. was founded in 1879 and is headquartered in Manchester, Connecticut.

About Playags

PlayAGS, Inc. is a designer and supplier of EGMs and other products and services for the gaming industry. The Company is focused on supplying electronic gaming machines (EGMs), including slot machines, video bingo machines, and other electronic gaming devices, to the Native American gaming market. Its product line-up to include Class III EGMs for commercial and Native American casinos permitted to operate Class III EGMs, table game products and interactive products. The Company’s EGM segment delivers on several EGM cabinets, including ICON, Orion, and Big Red/Colossal Diamonds. It has also developed a new Latin-style bingo cabinet called ALORA, which is used in select international markets, including the Philippines and Brazil.

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