Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) is one of 82 publicly-traded companies in the “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Agilent Technologies to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Agilent Technologies has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Agilent Technologies’ peers have a beta of 0.89, suggesting that their average stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Agilent Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.53 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Agilent Technologies pays out 27.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.9% and pay out 26.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Agilent Technologies lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Agilent Technologies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Agilent Technologies 14.36% 16.95% 9.30%
Agilent Technologies Competitors -330.26% -33.54% -12.51%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Agilent Technologies and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Agilent Technologies $4.39 billion $1.02 billion 34.11
Agilent Technologies Competitors $2.02 billion $430.37 million -70.14

Agilent Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Agilent Technologies is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Agilent Technologies and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Agilent Technologies 0 2 10 0 2.83
Agilent Technologies Competitors 416 2183 3393 123 2.53

Agilent Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $65.14, suggesting a potential downside of 1.55%. As a group, “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies have a potential downside of 20.88%. Given Agilent Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Agilent Technologies is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

53.1% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are owned by institutional investors. 16.8% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Agilent Technologies beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Agilent Technologies Company Profile

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides application focused solutions that include instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. The Company serves the life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. It has three business segments: life sciences and applied markets business, diagnostics and genomics business, and Agilent CrossLab business. Its life sciences and applied markets business segment offers instruments and software that enable customers to identify, quantify and analyze the physical and biological properties of substances and products, as well as enable customers in the clinical and life sciences research areas to interrogate samples at the molecular level. Its diagnostics and genomics business segment includes the reagent partnership, pathology, companion diagnostics, genomics and the nucleic acid solutions businesses. Its Agilent CrossLab business segment spans the entire lab with its consumables and services portfolio.

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