John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE: JBT) and Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (NASDAQ:AIMC) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for John Bean Technologies Corporation and Altra Industrial Motion Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
John Bean Technologies Corporation 0 2 5 0 2.71
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. 0 1 2 0 2.67

John Bean Technologies Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $99.33, indicating a potential upside of 3.69%. Altra Industrial Motion Corp. has a consensus price target of $46.50, indicating a potential downside of 2.31%. Given John Bean Technologies Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe John Bean Technologies Corporation is more favorable than Altra Industrial Motion Corp..

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.3% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.3% of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

John Bean Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Altra Industrial Motion Corp. has a beta of 1.64, meaning that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares John Bean Technologies Corporation and Altra Industrial Motion Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
John Bean Technologies Corporation 5.32% 29.18% 6.95%
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. 4.17% 16.50% 6.29%

Dividends

John Bean Technologies Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Altra Industrial Motion Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. John Bean Technologies Corporation pays out 15.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Altra Industrial Motion Corp. pays out 59.1% 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. John Bean Technologies Corporation has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares John Bean Technologies Corporation and Altra Industrial Motion Corp.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
John Bean Technologies Corporation $1.49 billion 2.03 $166.80 million $2.59 36.99
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. $784.57 million 1.78 $110.94 million $1.15 41.39

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

Summary

John Bean Technologies Corporation beats Altra Industrial Motion Corp. on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

John Bean Technologies Corporation Company Profile

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.

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. Company Profile

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. is a designer, producer and marketer of a range of mechanical power transmission (MPT) components. The Company operates through three segments: Couplings, Clutches and Brakes; Electromagnetic Clutches and Brakes, and Gearing. It manufactures a range of couplings suitable for various industrial and specialty applications. The Electromagnetic Clutches and Brakes segment products include brakes and clutches that are used to electronically slow, stop, engage or disengage equipment utilizing electromagnetic friction type connections. The Gearing segment product lines include vertical and horizontal gear drives, speed reducers and increasers, high-speed compressor drives, enclosed custom gear drives, various enclosed gear drive and gear motor configurations, and open gearing products, such as spur, helical, worm and miter/bevel gears. Its products are used to control and transmit power and torque in virtually any industrial application involving movement.

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