Financial Analysis: Actuant (ATU) & Moog (MOG.A)

Actuant (NYSE: ATU) and Moog (NYSE:MOG.A) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Dividends

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Actuant pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Moog does not pay a dividend. Actuant pays out 4.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Actuant and Moog’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Actuant -7.86% 9.21% 3.36%
Moog 4.42% 12.60% 4.73%

Risk & Volatility

Actuant has a beta of 1.51, meaning that its share price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Moog has a beta of 1.76, meaning that its share price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Actuant and Moog, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Actuant 1 6 3 0 2.20
Moog 1 1 1 0 2.00

Actuant currently has a consensus price target of $23.63, indicating a potential downside of 1.56%. Moog has a consensus price target of $98.50, indicating a potential upside of 14.57%. Given Moog’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Moog is more favorable than Actuant.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.8% of Moog shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Actuant shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Moog shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Actuant and Moog’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Actuant $1.10 billion 1.31 -$66.21 million $0.83 28.92
Moog $2.50 billion 1.23 $141.28 million $3.90 22.04

Moog has higher revenue and earnings than Actuant. Moog is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Actuant, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Moog beats Actuant on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Actuant Company Profile

Actuant Corporation designs, manufactures, and distributes a range of industrial products and systems worldwide. It operates through three segments: Industrial, Energy, and Engineered Solutions. The 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 under the Enerpac, Larzep, Milwaukee Cylinder, Precision-Hayes, and Simplex brand names. Its primary products include hydraulic tools, heavy lifting solutions, production automation solutions, and concrete stressing components and systems. The Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, and rope and cable solutions to the oil and gas, power generation, and other markets, as well as technical manpower solutions. It also provides pipeline pre-commissioning, engineering, chemical cleaning, and leak testing services. This segment distributes its products and services principally under the Hydratight, Cortland, and Viking brand names to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), maintenance and service organizations, and energy producers. The Engineered Solutions segment designs and assembles engineered position and motion control systems to OEMs in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as other products to the industrial and agricultural markets under the Power-Packer and Gits brand names. Its products include actuation systems, mechanical power transmission products, engine air flow management systems, human to machine interface solutions, and other rugged electronic instrumentation. Actuant Corporation was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Moog Company Profile

Moog Inc. is a designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion and fluid controls and systems for a range of applications in aerospace and defense and industrial markets. The Company has five segments: Aircraft Controls, Space and Defense Controls, Industrial Systems, Components and Medical Devices. Its Aircraft Controls segment designs, manufactures and integrates primary and secondary flight controls for military and commercial aircraft, and provides aftermarket support. Its Space and Defense Controls segment provides controls for satellites, space vehicles, launch vehicles, armored combat vehicles, tactical and strategic missiles, security and surveillance and other defense applications. Its Industrial Systems segment serves a global customer base across various markets. Its Components segment offers slip rings, fiber optic rotary joints, motors, sensors and handpieces product line. Its Medical Devices segment focuses on infusion therapy and enteral clinical nutrition.

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