AMTEK (NYSE: AME) and Spectrum Brands (NYSE:SPB) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

AMTEK has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spectrum Brands has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.8% of AMTEK shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.2% of Spectrum Brands shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of AMTEK shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Spectrum Brands shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

AMTEK pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Spectrum Brands pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. AMTEK pays out 15.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Spectrum Brands pays out 33.3% 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. Spectrum Brands has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Spectrum Brands is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares AMTEK and Spectrum Brands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AMTEK 13.37% 16.48% 7.77%
Spectrum Brands 5.91% 17.48% 4.40%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AMTEK and Spectrum Brands’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AMTEK $3.84 billion 4.37 $512.15 million $2.38 30.53
Spectrum Brands $5.01 billion 1.31 $295.80 million $5.04 22.54

AMTEK has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Spectrum Brands. Spectrum Brands is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AMTEK, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for AMTEK and Spectrum Brands, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AMTEK 0 1 8 0 2.89
Spectrum Brands 0 1 9 0 2.90

AMTEK presently has a consensus target price of $73.11, indicating a potential upside of 0.61%. Spectrum Brands has a consensus target price of $137.25, indicating a potential upside of 20.82%. Given Spectrum Brands’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Spectrum Brands is more favorable than AMTEK.

Summary

AMTEK beats Spectrum Brands on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AMTEK

AMETEK, Inc. is a manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The Company operates through two segments: Electronic Instruments (EIG) and Electromechanical (EMG). EIG designs and manufactures instruments for the process, power and industrial and aerospace markets. EIG provides process and analytical instruments for the oil, gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and automation markets. It makes monitoring and metering devices, industrial battery chargers and uninterruptible power supplies, programmable power equipment, electrical test equipment and gas turbine sensors. EMG is a differentiated supplier of precision motion control solutions, thermal management systems, specialty metals and electrical interconnects. Its end markets include medical, automation, petrochemical and other industrial markets. It operates a network of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities.

About Spectrum Brands

Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (SB Holdings) is a diversified global consumer products company. The Company manufactures, markets and/or distributes its products in approximately 160 countries in the North America (NA); Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Latin America (LATAM), and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions. It has five segments: Global Batteries & Appliances (GBA), Global Pet Supplies (PET), Home and Garden (H&G), Hardware & Home Improvement (HHI) and Global Auto Care (GAC). The Company’s GBA segment includes product categories, such as consumer batteries, small appliances and personal care. The Company’s HHI segment includes product categories, such as lockset, plumbing and hardware. The Company’s PET segment’s product categories include aquatics, companion animal and pet food. The Company’s H&G segment’s product categories include controls, household and repellents. The Company’s GAC segment’s product categories include appearance, performance and A/C recharge.

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