Head-To-Head Survey: Hillenbrand (NYSE:HI) & Its Competitors

Hillenbrand (NYSE: HI) is one of 51 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Hillenbrand to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Hillenbrand and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hillenbrand 0 2 2 0 2.50
Hillenbrand Competitors 295 1707 1828 19 2.41

Hillenbrand presently has a consensus price target of $46.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.40%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 3.55%. Given Hillenbrand’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Hillenbrand is more favorable than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Hillenbrand has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hillenbrand’s peers have a beta of 1.14, indicating that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hillenbrand and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Hillenbrand $1.54 billion $112.80 million 20.03
Hillenbrand Competitors $3.33 billion $239.54 million 501.84

Hillenbrand’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hillenbrand 7.87% 19.72% 6.87%
Hillenbrand Competitors 4.10% -45.80% 5.17%

Dividends

Hillenbrand pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Hillenbrand pays out 42.3% 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 36.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hillenbrand has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.1% of Hillenbrand shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.4% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Hillenbrand shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Hillenbrand beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Hillenbrand Company Profile

Hillenbrand, Inc. is a diversified industrial company with multiple brands that serve a range of industries across the globe. The Company operates in two segments: the Process Equipment Group and Batesville. The Process Equipment Group businesses design, develop, manufacture and service engineered industrial equipment throughout the world. The Process Equipment Group segment is a provider of compounding, extrusion and material handling; size reduction; screening and separating, and flow control products and services for a range of manufacturing and other industrial processes. It offers equipment for industries, including plastics, chemicals, fertilizers and mining. Its Batesville segment operates in the North American death care industry, and manufactures and sells funeral service products, including burial caskets, cremation caskets, containers and urns, selection room display fixtures, other personalization and memorialization products, and Web-based technology applications.

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