AMTEK (NYSE: AME) 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, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and risk.

Volatility and Risk

AMTEK has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atkore International Group has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

AMTEK pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Atkore International Group does not pay a dividend. AMTEK pays out 15.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for AMTEK and Atkore International Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AMTEK 0 1 8 0 2.89
Atkore International Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

AMTEK currently has a consensus price target of $71.33, indicating a potential downside of 0.57%. Atkore International Group has a consensus price target of $23.67, indicating a potential upside of 12.32%. Given Atkore International Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than AMTEK.

Profitability

This table compares AMTEK and Atkore International Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AMTEK 13.37% 16.48% 7.77%
Atkore International Group 5.63% 26.22% 7.73%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.3% of AMTEK shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.0% of Atkore International Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of AMTEK shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 68.8% of Atkore International Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AMTEK and Atkore International Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AMTEK $3.84 billion 4.32 $512.15 million $2.38 30.14
Atkore International Group $1.50 billion 0.88 $84.63 million $1.26 16.72

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

Summary

AMTEK beats Atkore International Group on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

AMTEK Company Profile

AMETEK, Inc. is a manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The Company operates through two segments: Electronic Instruments (EIG) and Electromechanical (EMG). EIG designs and manufactures instruments for the process, power and industrial and aerospace markets. EIG provides process and analytical instruments for the oil, gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and automation markets. It makes monitoring and metering devices, industrial battery chargers and uninterruptible power supplies, programmable power equipment, electrical test equipment and gas turbine sensors. EMG is a differentiated supplier of precision motion control solutions, thermal management systems, specialty metals and electrical interconnects. Its end markets include medical, automation, petrochemical and other industrial markets. It operates a network of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities.

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.

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