Head to Head Analysis: Ultralife (ULBI) versus Atkore International Group (ATKR)

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Ultralife (NASDAQ: ULBI) and Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Ultralife and Atkore International Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ultralife 9.41% 8.07% 6.57%
Atkore International Group 7.14% 40.89% 9.98%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ultralife and Atkore International Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ultralife $85.53 million 1.78 $7.64 million N/A N/A
Atkore International Group $1.50 billion 0.65 $84.63 million $1.27 16.50

Atkore International Group has higher revenue and earnings than Ultralife.

Risk & Volatility

Ultralife has a beta of -0.48, suggesting that its stock price is 148% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atkore International Group has a beta of 1.94, suggesting that its stock price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

30.5% of Ultralife shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.8% of Atkore International Group shares are held by institutional investors. 37.1% of Ultralife shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 51.0% of Atkore International Group shares are held by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ultralife and Atkore International Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ultralife 0 0 0 0 N/A
Atkore International Group 0 1 3 0 2.75

Atkore International Group has a consensus price target of $23.75, indicating a potential upside of 13.31%. Given Atkore International Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than Ultralife.

Summary

Atkore International Group beats Ultralife on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ultralife Company Profile

Ultralife Corporation designs, manufactures, installs, and maintains power, and communication and electronic systems for government, defense, and commercial sectors worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Battery & Energy Products and Communications Systems. The Battery & Energy Products segment offers lithium 9-volt, cylindrical, thin lithium manganese dioxide, rechargeable, and other non-rechargeable batteries; lithium ion cells, multi-kilowatt module lithium ion battery systems, and uninterruptable power supplies; and rugged military and commercial battery charging systems and accessories, including smart chargers, multi-bay charging systems, and various cables. The Communications Systems segment provides communications systems and accessories to support military communications systems, such as radio frequency amplifiers, power supplies and cables, connector assemblies, amplified speakers, equipment mounts, case equipment, man-portable systems, and integrated communication systems for fixed or vehicle applications comprising vehicle adapters, vehicle installed power enhanced rifleman appliqué systems, and SATCOM systems. The segment's military communications systems and accessories are designed to enhance and extend the operation of communications equipment, such as vehicle-mounted, manpack, and handheld transceivers. It sells its products under the Ultralife, Lithium Power, McDowell Research, AMTI, ABLE, ACCUTRONICS, ACCUPRO, and ENTELLION brands through original equipment manufacturers, and industrial and defense supply distributors, as well as directly to the United States and international defense departments. In addition, the company sells its 9-volt battery to the broader consumer market through national and regional retail chains and Internet retailers. Ultralife Corporation was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Newark, New York.

Atkore International Group Company Profile

Atkore International Group Inc. manufactures and distributes electrical raceway products in the United States and internationally. The company's electrical raceway products include electrical conduits and fittings, armored cable and fittings, cable trays and mounting systems, and fittings for the non-residential construction, renovation markets, and mechanical products and solutions (MP&S) for the construction, and industrial markets. It also offers MP&S products comprising metal framing and fittings, mechanical pipes, flexible sprinkler drops, and barbed tapes, as well as construction services for the construction and industrial markets. The company offers its products under the Allied Tube & Conduit, AFC Cable Systems, Heritage Plastics, Unistrut, Power-Strut, and Cope and Calpipe, as well as other sub-brands. Atkore International Group Inc. serves a group of end markets, including new construction; maintenance, repair, and remodel, as well as infrastructure; diversified industrials; alternative power generation; healthcare; data centers; and government through electrical, industrial, and specialty distributors, as well as original equipment manufacturers. The company was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Harvey, Illinois.

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