Mueller Industries (NYSE: MLI) and Gates Industrial (NYSE:GTES) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and profitability.


This table compares Mueller Industries and Gates Industrial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mueller Industries 3.78% 16.47% 6.62%
Gates Industrial N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Mueller Industries and Gates Industrial’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mueller Industries $2.27 billion 0.68 $85.59 million $1.71 15.49
Gates Industrial $2.75 billion 1.77 $57.70 million N/A N/A

Mueller Industries has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Gates Industrial.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Mueller Industries and Gates Industrial, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mueller Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Gates Industrial 0 1 5 0 2.83

Gates Industrial has a consensus target price of $22.17, suggesting a potential upside of 29.71%. Given Gates Industrial’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Gates Industrial is more favorable than Mueller Industries.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.9% of Mueller Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Mueller Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Mueller Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Gates Industrial does not pay a dividend. Mueller Industries pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Gates Industrial has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.


Mueller Industries beats Gates Industrial on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mueller Industries Company Profile

Mueller Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of copper, brass, aluminum and plastic products. The Company operates through three segments: Piping Systems, Industrial Metals and Climate. The Company’s products include copper tube and fittings; line sets; brass and copper alloy rod, bar, and shapes; aluminum and brass forgings; aluminum impact extrusions; plastic fittings and valves; refrigeration valves and fittings; fabricated tubular products, and steel nipples. The Company also resells imported brass and plastic plumbing valves, malleable iron fittings, faucets, and plumbing specialty products. The Company’s operations are located throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, South Korea, and China. The Company markets its products to the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, refrigeration, hardware, and other industries.

Gates Industrial Company Profile

Gates Industrial Corporation PLC designs and manufactures power transmission equipment. Its products serves harsh and hazardous industries such as agriculture, construction, manufacturing and energy, to everyday consumer applications such as printers, power washers, automatic doors and vacuum cleaners and virtually every form of transportation.

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