Financial Survey: Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU) versus Its Peers

Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) is one of 55 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Actuant Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation and earnings.


Actuant Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Actuant Corporation pays out -3.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 36.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Actuant Corporation has a beta of 1.64, suggesting that its stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Actuant Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.16, suggesting that their average stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Actuant Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Actuant Corporation $1.10 billion -$66.21 million -22.14
Actuant Corporation Competitors $3.33 billion $239.54 million 466.24

Actuant Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Actuant Corporation. Actuant Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.4% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.0% of Actuant Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Actuant Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Actuant Corporation -6.04% 9.43% 3.39%
Actuant Corporation Competitors 3.95% -41.48% 4.97%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Actuant Corporation and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Actuant Corporation 1 7 4 0 2.25
Actuant Corporation Competitors 289 1690 1808 19 2.41

Actuant Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.81%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 3.56%. Given Actuant Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Actuant Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


Actuant Corporation peers beat Actuant Corporation on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Actuant Corporation Company Profile

Actuant Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes a range of industrial products and systems to various end markets. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Company’s Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Company’s Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil and gas, power generation and other energy markets. The Company’s Engineered Solutions segment provides engineered position and motion control systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as various other products to the industrial and agricultural markets.

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