Albany International (NYSE: AIN) and John Bean Technologies (NYSE:JBT) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Albany International and John Bean Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Albany International 0 1 0 0 2.00
John Bean Technologies 1 1 5 0 2.57

John Bean Technologies has a consensus price target of $101.67, suggesting a potential downside of 9.51%. Given John Bean Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe John Bean Technologies is more favorable than Albany International.

Risk & Volatility

Albany International has a beta of 1.72, suggesting that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Bean Technologies has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.7% of Albany International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of John Bean Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of Albany International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of John Bean Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Albany International and John Bean Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Albany International $779.84 million 2.57 $52.73 million $1.33 46.77
John Bean Technologies $1.35 billion 2.63 $67.60 million $2.70 41.61

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

Profitability

This table compares Albany International and John Bean Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Albany International 5.06% 9.24% 3.83%
John Bean Technologies 5.41% 25.51% 6.81%

Dividends

Albany International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. John Bean Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Albany International pays out 51.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. John Bean Technologies pays out 14.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Albany International has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and John Bean Technologies has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

John Bean Technologies beats Albany International on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Albany International

Albany International Corp. is focused on textiles and materials processing business. The Company operates through two segments: Machine Clothing and Albany Engineered Composites. The Company’s Machine Clothing segment supplies permeable and impermeable belts used in the manufacture of paper, paperboard, nonwovens, fiber cement and various other industrial applications. The Machine Clothing segment also supplies customized, consumable fabrics used in the manufacturing process in the pulp, corrugator, nonwovens, fiber cement, building products, and tannery and textile industries. Its Albany Engineered Composites segment includes Albany Safran Composites, LLC (ASC), in which its customer SAFRAN Group owns interest and provides engineered composite structures based on its technology to customers in the aerospace and defense industries.

About John Bean Technologies

John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a technology solutions provider to the segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. It operates through two segments: JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech. The JBT FoodTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically food processing systems used for fruit juice production, frozen food production, in-container food production, automated systems and convenience food preparation by the food industry. The product offerings of its FoodTech businesses include Protein, Liquid Foods and Automated Systems. The JBT AeroTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically airport ground support and gate equipment and provides services for airport authorities; airlines, airfreight, and ground handling companies; the defense contractors, and other industries. The product offerings of its AeroTech businesses include Mobile Equipment, Fixed Equipment and Airport Services.

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