Critical Contrast: Atkore International Group (ATKR) versus Environmental Tectonics (ETCC)

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Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR) and Environmental Tectonics (OTCMKTS:ETCC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Atkore International Group and Environmental Tectonics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atkore International Group 0 2 1 0 2.33
Environmental Tectonics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Atkore International Group currently has a consensus price target of $28.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.38%. Given Atkore International Group’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than Environmental Tectonics.

Volatility & Risk

Atkore International Group has a beta of 1.97, meaning that its share price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Environmental Tectonics has a beta of 1.64, meaning that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.4% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 74.8% of Environmental Tectonics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atkore International Group 7.28% 142.82% 10.46%
Environmental Tectonics 6.73% -232.77% 6.28%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Atkore International Group and Environmental Tectonics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atkore International Group $1.84 billion 0.58 $136.64 million $2.48 9.38
Environmental Tectonics $48.09 million 0.17 $2.38 million N/A N/A

Atkore International Group has higher revenue and earnings than Environmental Tectonics.

Summary

Atkore International Group beats Environmental Tectonics on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Atkore International Group

Atkore International Group Inc. manufactures and distributes electrical raceway products, and mechanical products and solutions (MP&S) in the United States and internationally. The company offers electrical raceway products, including electrical conduits and fittings, armored cables and fittings, and cable trays and mounting systems and fittings. It also provides MP&S products comprising metal framing and fittings, mechanical pipes, and barbed tapes, as well as construction services related to design, fabrication and installation, modular support structures, and fall protection. The company offers its products under the Allied Tube & Conduit, AFC Cable Systems, Heritage Plastics, Unistrut, Power-Strut, Cope, and Calpipe brands, as well as other sub-brands. It 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 mechanical contractors, as well as original equipment manufacturers. The company was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Harvey, Illinois.

About Environmental Tectonics

Environmental Tectonics Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an engineered solutions company in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Aerospace Solutions and Commercial/Industrial Systems (CIS). The Aerospace Solutions segment engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of software driven products and services to create and monitor the physiological effects of flight, including high performance jet tactical flight simulation, upset recovery and spatial disorientation, and suborbital and orbital commercial human spaceflight systems; altitude chambers; and advanced disaster management simulators (ADMS), as well as integrated logistics support services. This segment offers integrated aircrew training systems to commercial, governmental, and military defense agencies; and training devices, including altitude and multiplace chambers to governmental and military defense agencies, and civil aviation organizations; and ADMS to governmental organizations, original equipment manufacturers, fire and emergency training schools, universities, and airports. The CIS segment is involved in the design, manufacture, and sale of steam and gas sterilizers to medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers; environmental testing and simulation systems primarily to commercial automotive, as well as to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning manufacturers; and monoplace chambers to hospitals and wound care clinics. This segment also provides parts, as well as upgrade, maintenance, and repair services. The company markets its products through independent sales representatives and distributors. Environmental Tectonics Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Southampton, Pennsylvania.

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