Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE: MTD) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Mettler-Toledo International to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Mettler-Toledo International has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mettler-Toledo International’s competitors have a beta of 0.81, meaning that their average share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Mettler-Toledo International and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mettler-Toledo International 0 3 3 0 2.50
Mettler-Toledo International Competitors 92 486 536 17 2.42

Mettler-Toledo International currently has a consensus target price of $541.25, suggesting a potential downside of 13.54%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 21.52%. Given Mettler-Toledo International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Mettler-Toledo International is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.1% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.3% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.2% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mettler-Toledo International and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Mettler-Toledo International $2.61 billion $631.03 million 38.50
Mettler-Toledo International Competitors $499.36 million $99.00 million -5.35

Mettler-Toledo International has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Mettler-Toledo International is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Mettler-Toledo International and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mettler-Toledo International 16.60% 95.28% 19.80%
Mettler-Toledo International Competitors -5.68% 0.05% -1.54%

Summary

Mettler-Toledo International beats its competitors on 11 of the 13 factors compared.

About Mettler-Toledo International

Mettler-Toledo International Inc. is a supplier of precision instruments and services. The Company operates through five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations and Other. The Company manufactures weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics and food retailing applications. The Company is also a provider of analytical instruments for use in life science, reaction engineering and real-time analytic systems used in drug and chemical compound development, and process analytics instruments used for in-line measurement in production processes. In addition, the Company is also a supplier of end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging for food, pharmaceutical and other industries. The Company serves food and beverage producers; food retailers; chemical, specialty chemicals and cosmetics companies, and the transportation and logistics industry, among others.

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