Atkore International Group (NYSE: ATKR) and Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.
Volatility and Risk
Atkore International Group has a beta of 1.62, meaning that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Itron has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Atkore International Group and Itron’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%|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Atkore International Group and Itron, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Atkore International Group||0||0||3||0||3.00|
Atkore International Group presently has a consensus price target of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 23.78%. Itron has a consensus price target of $84.44, suggesting a potential upside of 20.55%. Given Atkore International Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than Itron.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
99.3% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.3% of Itron shares are owned by institutional investors. 68.8% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Itron shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Atkore International Group and Itron’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Atkore International Group||$1.50 billion||0.82||$84.63 million||$1.27||15.27|
|Itron||$2.02 billion||1.36||$57.29 million||$3.06||22.89|
Atkore International Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue 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.
Atkore International Group beats Itron on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
Atkore International Group Company Profile
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.
Itron Company Profile
Itron, Inc., a technology company, provides end-to-end solutions that measures, manages, and analyzes energy and water use worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Electricity, Gas, and Water. It offers standard electromechanical and electronic, gas, and water and heat meters; and smart electricity, gas, and water meters and communication modules. The company also provides prepayment systems, including smart key, keypad, and smart card communication technologies; smart systems, such as handheld, mobile, and fixed network collection technologies; smart network technologies; meter data management software; and knowledge application solutions. In addition, it offers installation and software implementation; professional services comprising consulting and analysis; and project management, installation, and post-sale maintenance support services. The company offers its standard metering systems to measure electricity, natural gas, water, or thermal energy; smart metering systems to collect, store, and transmit meter data to handheld computers, mobile units, telephone, radio frequency, cellular, power line carrier, and fixed networks. Itron, Inc. markets its products directly through its sales force, as well as through indirect sales force consisting of distributors, sales representatives, partners, and meter manufacturer representatives to utilities and municipalities. The company was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Liberty Lake, Washington.
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