Albany International (NYSE: AIN) is one of 20 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Albany International to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Albany International 5.06% 9.24% 3.83%
Albany International Competitors -19.55% 11.08% 4.72%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Albany International and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Albany International 0 1 0 0 2.00
Albany International Competitors 52 323 342 11 2.43

Albany International presently has a consensus price target of $52.00, indicating a potential downside of 20.31%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 3.38%. Given Albany International’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Albany International has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.5% of Albany International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.4% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of Albany International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held 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.

Volatility and Risk

Albany International has a beta of 1.72, suggesting that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Albany International’s rivals have a beta of 1.62, suggesting that their average stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Albany International and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Albany International $779.84 million $52.73 million 49.06
Albany International Competitors $670.30 million $41.71 million 92.13

Albany International has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Albany International 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.

Dividends

Albany International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Albany International pays out 51.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.0% and pay out 18.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Albany International has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Albany International rivals beat Albany International on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Albany International Company Profile

Albany International Corp. is focused on textiles and materials processing business. The Company operates through two segments: Machine Clothing and Albany Engineered Composites. The Company’s Machine Clothing segment supplies permeable and impermeable belts used in the manufacture of paper, paperboard, nonwovens, fiber cement and various other industrial applications. The Machine Clothing segment also supplies customized, consumable fabrics used in the manufacturing process in the pulp, corrugator, nonwovens, fiber cement, building products, and tannery and textile industries. Its Albany Engineered Composites segment includes Albany Safran Composites, LLC (ASC), in which its customer SAFRAN Group owns interest and provides engineered composite structures based on its technology to customers in the aerospace and defense industries.

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