Atkore International Group (NYSE: ATKR) and Hubbell (NYSE:HUBB) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Atkore International Group and Hubbell, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atkore International Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Hubbell 0 3 1 0 2.25

Atkore International Group currently has a consensus price target of $22.67, indicating a potential upside of 13.33%. Hubbell has a consensus price target of $122.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.83%. Given Atkore International Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than Hubbell.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Atkore International Group and Hubbell’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atkore International Group $1.52 billion 0.84 $58.79 million $1.19 16.81
Hubbell $3.51 billion 1.89 $293.00 million $5.19 23.31

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

Dividends

Hubbell pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Atkore International Group does not pay a dividend. Hubbell pays out 53.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.7% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.6% of Hubbell shares are owned by institutional investors. 68.8% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Hubbell shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Atkore International Group has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hubbell has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atkore International Group 5.21% 26.72% 7.33%
Hubbell 7.96% 19.69% 8.82%

Summary

Hubbell beats Atkore International Group on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Atkore International Group

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.

About Hubbell

Hubbell Incorporated is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of electrical and electronic products for a range of non-residential and residential construction, industrial and utility applications. The Company’s segments include Electrical and the Power. The Electrical segment consists of businesses that sell stock and custom products, including standard and special application wiring device products, rough-in electrical products, lighting fixtures and controls, components and assemblies for the natural gas distribution market, as well as other electrical equipment. In addition, certain businesses design and manufacture a range of high voltage test and measurement equipment, industrial controls and communication systems used in the non-residential and industrial markets. The Power segment consists of operations that design and manufacture various distribution, transmission, substation and telecommunications products primarily used by the electrical utility industry.

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