MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS (NYSE: MWA) is one of 58 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS 0 2 7 0 2.78
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS Competitors 393 1905 1927 36 2.38

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS currently has a consensus target price of $13.75, indicating a potential upside of 8.78%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 5.70%. Given MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS’s competitors have a beta of 1.21, suggesting that their average share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS $1.15 billion $184.20 million 15.80
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS Competitors $2.17 billion $344.43 million 24.43

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS. MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.7% of MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS pays out 20.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 35.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS 14.47% 16.85% 5.96%
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS Competitors 1.65% 6.97% 4.71%

Summary

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS beats its competitors on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS Company Profile

Mueller Water Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water in North America. The Company operates through three segments: Mueller Co., Anvil and Mueller Technologies. The Mueller Co. segment manufactures valves for water and gas systems, and dry-barrel and wet-barrel fire hydrants. The Anvil segment manufactures and sources a range of products, including a range of fittings, couplings, hangers and related products. The Mueller Technologies segment offers metering systems, leak detection, pipe condition assessment and other products and services for the water infrastructure industry. The Mueller Technologies segment includes Mueller Systems and Echologics businesses. The Company offers a range of water infrastructure, flow control and piping component system products and services in the United States and Canada.

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