Financial Contrast: Align Technology (ALGN) vs. Mine Safety Appliances (MSA)

Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE: MSA) and Align Technology (NASDAQ:ALGN) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Mine Safety Appliances and Align Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mine Safety Appliances 0 1 2 0 2.67
Align Technology 0 3 10 0 2.77

Mine Safety Appliances currently has a consensus target price of $89.33, suggesting a potential upside of 0.98%. Align Technology has a consensus target price of $250.23, suggesting a potential downside of 0.97%. Given Mine Safety Appliances’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Mine Safety Appliances is more favorable than Align Technology.

Risk & Volatility

Mine Safety Appliances has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Align Technology has a beta of 1.47, meaning that its share price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Mine Safety Appliances and Align Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mine Safety Appliances 2.17% 23.91% 9.68%
Align Technology 15.71% 28.55% 19.61%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.5% of Mine Safety Appliances shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.5% of Align Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 9.9% of Mine Safety Appliances shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Align Technology shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Mine Safety Appliances pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Align Technology does not pay a dividend. Mine Safety Appliances pays out 36.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Mine Safety Appliances has raised its dividend for 46 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Mine Safety Appliances and Align Technology’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mine Safety Appliances $1.20 billion 2.83 $26.02 million $3.87 22.86
Align Technology $1.47 billion 13.74 $231.41 million $3.89 64.96

Align Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Mine Safety Appliances. Mine Safety Appliances is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Align Technology, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Align Technology beats Mine Safety Appliances on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mine Safety Appliances Company Profile

MSA Safety Incorporated develops, manufactures, and supplies safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures in the oil, gas, petrochemical, fire service, construction, utilities, and mining industries worldwide. It operates through Americas and International segments. The company's core product offerings include permanently installed fixed gas and flame detection instruments, such as permanently installed gas detection monitoring systems, and flame detectors and open-path infrared gas detectors, as well as replacement components and related services to detect the presence or absence of various gases in the air. Its core product offerings also consist of breathing apparatus products, such as self-contained breathing apparatus, face masks, and respirators; hand-held portable gas detection instruments; industrial head protection products; firefighter helmets and protective apparel; and fall protection equipment comprising confined space equipment, harnesses, fall arrest equipment, lanyards, and lifelines. In addition, the company offers respirators, eye and face protection products, ballistic helmets, and gas masks. It serves distributors, and industrial or military end-users through indirect and direct sales channels. The company was founded in 1914 and is based in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

Align Technology Company Profile

Align Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a system of clear aligner therapy, intraoral scanners, and computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) digital services. The company's Clear Aligner segment offers Invisalign Full, a treatment used for a range of malocclusion; Invisalign Teen treatment that addresses orthodontic needs of teenage patients, such as compliance indicators, compensation for tooth eruption, and six free single arch replacement aligners; and Invisalign Assist treatment for anterior alignment and aesthetically-oriented cases. It also provides Invisalign Express (10 and 5) and Invisalign Lite/i7 treatments for orthodontic cases, non-comprehensive treatment relapse cases, or straightening prior to restorative or cosmetic treatments; Invisalign Go, a solution for general practitioner dentists (GPs) to identify and treat patients with mild malocclusion; SmileDirectClub aligners for minor tooth movement; custom clear aligner retainers used to maintain tooth position and correct minor relapse; and SmartTrack, a custom-engineered material that delivers force for orthodontic tooth movements. The company's Scanners and Services segment offers iTero Scanner, a single hardware platform with software options for restorative or orthodontic procedures; and Restorative software for iTero, a software for GPs, prosthodontists, periodontists, and oral surgeons. It also provides Orthodontic software for iTero, a software for orthodontists for digital records storage, orthodontic diagnosis, Invisalign digital impression submission, and for the fabrication of printed models and retainers; CAD/CAM services, such as iTero Models and Dies, OrthoCAD iCast, and OrthoCAD iRecord; and Invisalign outcome simulator, a chair-side and cloud-based application for the iTero scanner, as well as third party scanners and digital scans for Invisalign treatment submission. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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