Head to Head Contrast: ESCO Technologies (ESE) vs. Its Peers
ESCO Technologies (NYSE: ESE) is one of 29 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare ESCO Technologies to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares ESCO Technologies and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|ESCO Technologies||$638.24 million||$108.39 million||30.56|
|ESCO Technologies Competitors||$481.50 million||$95.49 million||-1.76|
ESCO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. ESCO Technologies is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
ESCO Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. ESCO Technologies pays out 16.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 21.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
94.1% of ESCO Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of ESCO Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Risk & Volatility
ESCO Technologies has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ESCO Technologies’ peers have a beta of 0.82, meaning that their average stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for ESCO Technologies and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|ESCO Technologies Competitors||48||395||499||9||2.49|
ESCO Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $66.50, suggesting a potential upside of 9.92%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 21.99%. Given ESCO Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe ESCO Technologies is more favorable than its peers.
This table compares ESCO Technologies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|ESCO Technologies Competitors||-4.69%||2.35%||-0.52%|
ESCO Technologies beats its peers on 12 of the 15 factors compared.
About ESCO Technologies
ESCO Technologies Inc. (ESCO) is a producer of engineered products and systems sold to customers for utility, industrial, aerospace and commercial applications. The Company operates through four segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test), Utility Solutions Group (USG) and Technical Packaging. The filtration segment’s activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Crissair, Inc. (Crissair), PTI Technologies Inc. (PTI), VACCO Industries (VACCO) and Westland Technologies Inc. (Westland). The Test segment activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Beijing Lindgren ElectronMagnetic Technology Co., Ltd., ETS-Lindgren Inc. and ETS-Lindgren OY. The USG segment activities are managed by its subsidiaries, including Doble Engineering Company, Doble PowerTest Ltd and Doble TransiNor AS. The technical packaging activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Thermoform Engineered Quality LLC (TEQ), Plastique Limited and Plastique Sp. z o.o.
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