Kinder Morgan Management (NYSE: KMR) and Orbotech (NASDAQ:ORBK) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Risk and Volatility

Kinder Morgan Management has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Orbotech has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.2% of Orbotech shares are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of Orbotech shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Kinder Morgan Management and Orbotech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kinder Morgan Management N/A N/A N/A
Orbotech 11.89% 15.72% 10.97%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Kinder Morgan Management and Orbotech, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kinder Morgan Management 0 0 0 0 N/A
Orbotech 0 1 7 0 2.88

Orbotech has a consensus target price of $50.38, suggesting a potential upside of 1.03%. Given Orbotech’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Orbotech is more favorable than Kinder Morgan Management.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Kinder Morgan Management and Orbotech’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kinder Morgan Management N/A N/A N/A $1.85 56.60
Orbotech $806.40 million 2.96 $79.43 million $2.10 23.74

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

Summary

Orbotech beats Kinder Morgan Management on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kinder Morgan Management Company Profile

Kinder Morgan Management, LLC is a limited partner in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P (KMP), and manages and controls its business and affairs pursuant to a delegation of control agreement. Kinder Morgan G.P., Inc., of which Kinder Morgan, Inc. indirectly owns all of the outstanding common equity, is the general partner of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP). Kinder Morgan G.P., Inc., pursuant to a delegation of control agreement among the Company, Kinder Morgan G.P., Inc. and KMP, has delegated to the Company, to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law and KMP’s limited partnership agreement, all of its rights and powers to manage and control the business and affairs of KMP, subject to the general partner’s right to approve specified actions.

Orbotech Company Profile

Orbotech Ltd. is a supplier of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. The Company provides cutting-edge solutions for use in the manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs), flat panel displays (FPDs) and semiconductor devices (SDs). The Company’s segments include Production Solutions for the Electronics Industry, Solar Energy and Recognition Software. The Production Solutions for the Electronics Industry segment is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and service of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. The Solar Energy segment is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of solar photovoltaic energy systems that produce electricity directly from sunlight. The Recognition Software segment is engaged in the development and marketing of check processing and healthcare payment automation solutions.

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