Lydall (NYSE: LDL) is one of 18 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Lydall to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Lydall and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lydall 0 0 2 0 3.00
Lydall Competitors 94 399 337 25 2.34

Lydall presently has a consensus price target of $62.50, indicating a potential upside of 13.64%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 10.56%. Given Lydall’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Lydall is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lydall and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Lydall $640.28 million $92.46 million 22.45
Lydall Competitors $696.10 million $107.92 million 46.39

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.1% of Lydall shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Lydall shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Lydall and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lydall 6.56% 17.43% 9.51%
Lydall Competitors -24.03% 10.43% 4.25%

Risk and Volatility

Lydall has a beta of 1.71, indicating that its stock price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lydall’s rivals have a beta of 1.49, indicating that their average stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Lydall beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Lydall

Lydall, Inc. designs and manufactures specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration/separation and thermal/acoustical applications. The Company’s segments are Performance Materials, Technical Nonwovens, Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. The Performance Materials segment includes filtration, thermal insulation and life sciences filtration businesses. The Technical Nonwovens segment includes its industrial filtration and advanced materials products. The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment includes its metal parts and related tooling used in automotive applications. The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment includes its fiber parts business and related tooling used in automotive applications. Its Filtration products include LydAir MG (Micro-Glass) Air Filtration Media, LydAir MB (Melt Blown) Air Filtration Media and Arioso Membrane Composite Media.

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