Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (NYSE: HY) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Hyster-Yale Materials Handling to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling’s competitors have a beta of 1.44, meaning that their average stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Hyster-Yale Materials Handling and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling 1 1 1 0 2.00
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Competitors 170 875 950 17 2.40

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling presently has a consensus target price of $74.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.85%. As a group, “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies have a potential upside of 9.14%. Given Hyster-Yale Materials Handling’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hyster-Yale Materials Handling and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling $2.57 billion $42.80 million 20.97
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Competitors $4.89 billion $80.18 million 162.50

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Hyster-Yale Materials Handling. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.9% of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.2% of shares of all “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies are owned by institutional investors. 26.3% of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of shares of all “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Hyster-Yale Materials Handling and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling 2.27% 11.34% 4.04%
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Competitors 4.32% 13.60% 4.34%

Dividends

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling pays an annual dividend of $1.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 33.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling competitors beat Hyster-Yale Materials Handling on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

About Hyster-Yale Materials Handling

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. is a lift truck manufacturer. The Company designs, engineers, manufactures, sells and services a line of lift trucks, attachments and aftermarket parts marketed globally under the Hyster and Yale brand names, mainly to independent Hyster and Yale retail dealerships. The Company operates through five segments: the Americas, EMEA, JAPIC, Bolzoni and Nuvera. The Company offers a range of solutions, including attachments and hydrogen fuel cell power products, telematics, automation and fleet management services, as well as an array of other power options for its lift trucks. The Company’s segments for the lift truck business include three management units: the Americas, EMEA and JAPIC. Americas includes operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Latin America and its corporate headquarters. EMEA includes operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. JAPIC includes operations in the Asia and Pacific regions including China.

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