Key Technology (NASDAQ: KTEC) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Key Technology to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Key Technology and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Key Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
Key Technology Competitors 47 305 315 8 2.42

As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 2.32%. Given Key Technology’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Key Technology has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Key Technology and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Key Technology $129.89 million $10.16 million 33.09
Key Technology Competitors $702.98 million $110.82 million 43.95

Key Technology’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Key Technology. Key Technology is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

44.6% of Key Technology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held by institutional investors. 29.4% of Key Technology shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Key Technology and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Key Technology 2.58% 5.27% 3.31%
Key Technology Competitors -20.11% 10.51% 4.41%

Volatility and Risk

Key Technology has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Key Technology’s peers have a beta of 1.53, suggesting that their average share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Key Technology peers beat Key Technology on 8 of the 10 factors compared.

Key Technology Company Profile

Key Technology, Inc. is a supplier of process automation solutions to the food processing industry and other industries, such as tobacco and pharmaceuticals. The Company designs, manufactures, sells and services automation equipment that processes product streams of discrete pieces. These systems integrate electro-optical automated inspection and digital sorting systems with other processing systems that include specialized conveying and preparation equipment. The Company provides parts and service for each of its product lines to customers around the world. Its automated inspection systems are used in various applications to detect and remove defects and foreign material from the product stream. It offers conveying and processing equipment, which are utilized throughout various industries to move and process product within a production plant. Its Integrated Solutions Group (ISG) provides integrated whole-line solutions. It has an installed base of inspection and processing systems.

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