ADT (NYSE: ADT) and Allegion (NYSE:ALLE) are both mid-cap technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares ADT and Allegion’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|ADT||$2.95 billion||2.59||-$536.58 million||($0.50)||-20.42|
|Allegion||$2.41 billion||3.37||$273.30 million||$3.39||25.18|
Allegion pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. ADT does not pay a dividend. Allegion pays out 18.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ADT has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years and Allegion has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for ADT and Allegion, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
ADT presently has a consensus target price of $16.25, suggesting a potential upside of 59.16%. Allegion has a consensus target price of $95.20, suggesting a potential upside of 11.53%. Given ADT’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ADT is more favorable than Allegion.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
92.2% of Allegion shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Allegion shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares ADT and Allegion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Allegion beats ADT on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
ADT Inc. is a provider of monitored security, interactive home and business automation and related monitoring services in the United States and Canada. The Company offers a range of products home security systems, home automation, security cameras, fire, home and safety, and monitoring services. It also offers residential, commercial, and multi-site customers a comprehensive set of burglary, video, access control, fire and smoke alarm, and medical alert solutions. Its 24/7 monitoring capabilities are enabled by 12 monitoring centers.
Allegion Public Limited Company is a provider of security products and solutions. The Company offers a portfolio of mechanical and electronic security products across a range of brands. Its segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA), and Asia Pacific. Its products include door closers and controls; door and door frames (steel); electronic security products; electronic and biometric access control systems; exit devices; locks, locksets, portable locks and key systems; time, attendance and workforce productivity systems, and other accessories. It sells a range of security products and solutions for end users in commercial, institutional and residential facilities across the world, including into the education, healthcare, government, hospitality, commercial office and single and multi-family residential markets. As of December 31, 2016, it manufactured and sold mechanical and electronic security products and solutions in approximately 130 countries.
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