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

Profitability

This table compares Lydall and its competitors’ 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 -24.06% 9.82% 4.17%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.1% of Lydall shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Lydall shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lydall and its competitors top-line 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 competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Lydall. Lydall 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.

Volatility & Risk

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Lydall and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lydall 0 0 2 0 3.00
Lydall Competitors 94 400 337 25 2.34

Lydall presently has a consensus price target of $62.50, suggesting a potential upside of 13.64%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 10.35%. Given Lydall’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Lydall is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

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

Lydall Company Profile

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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