AMTEK (NYSE: AME) and Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitabiliy, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for AMTEK and Itron, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AMTEK 0 1 9 0 2.90
Itron 0 1 6 0 2.86

AMTEK currently has a consensus target price of $62.60, suggesting a potential upside of 1.13%. Itron has a consensus target price of $71.57, suggesting a potential upside of 1.02%. Given AMTEK’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe AMTEK is more favorable than Itron.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.8% of AMTEK shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.5% of Itron shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of AMTEK shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Itron shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AMTEK and Itron’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AMTEK $3.90 billion 3.65 $1.02 billion $2.22 27.88
Itron $1.99 billion 1.38 $218.61 million $0.96 73.80

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

Dividends

AMTEK pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Itron does not pay a dividend. AMTEK pays out 16.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

AMTEK has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Itron has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares AMTEK and Itron’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AMTEK 13.24% 16.20% 7.66%
Itron 1.88% 15.51% 6.22%

Summary

AMTEK beats Itron on 14 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AMTEK

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.

About Itron

Itron, Inc. (Itron) is a technology and service company. The Company provides solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water use. The Company operates through three segments: Electricity, Gas and Water. It provides a portfolio of products, solutions, software and services to electric, gas and water utility customers across the globe. It offers solutions that enable electric and natural gas utilities to build smart grids to manage assets. It offers a product portfolio, including standard meters and smart metering products, systems and services, for applications in the residential and commercial industrial markets for water and heat. The Company operates under the Itron brand across the world. Its Gas and Water manufacturing facilities are located throughout the world, while its Electricity manufacturing facilities are located in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and North America.

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