Contrasting ESCO Technologies (ESE) & The Competition

ESCO Technologies (NYSE: ESE) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare ESCO Technologies to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.1% of ESCO Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of ESCO Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

ESCO Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. 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.

Volatility & Risk

ESCO Technologies has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ESCO Technologies’ competitors have a beta of 0.81, suggesting that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for ESCO Technologies and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ESCO Technologies 0 0 3 0 3.00
ESCO Technologies Competitors 92 488 537 17 2.42

ESCO Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $66.50, suggesting a potential upside of 14.95%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 21.49%. Given ESCO Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe ESCO Technologies is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares ESCO Technologies and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ESCO Technologies 8.06% 8.36% 4.84%
ESCO Technologies Competitors -5.68% 0.05% -1.54%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ESCO Technologies and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
ESCO Technologies $638.24 million $108.39 million 29.22
ESCO Technologies Competitors $499.36 million $99.00 million -4.69

ESCO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. ESCO Technologies is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

ESCO Technologies beats its competitors on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

ESCO Technologies Company Profile

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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