Head to Head Review: Jason Industries (JASN) & ITT (ITT)

Jason Industries (NASDAQ: JASN) and ITT (NYSE:ITT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Jason Industries has a beta of 0.08, indicating that its stock price is 92% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ITT has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.9% of Jason Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.1% of ITT shares are held by institutional investors. 20.0% of Jason Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of ITT shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Jason Industries and ITT’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jason Industries $676.53 million 0.05 $68.19 million ($3.04) -0.39
ITT $2.43 billion 1.47 $360.20 million $2.35 17.25

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

Dividends

ITT pays an annual dividend of $0.51 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Jason Industries does not pay a dividend. ITT pays out 21.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ITT has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Jason Industries and ITT, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jason Industries 0 0 1 0 3.00
ITT 0 1 7 0 2.88

Jason Industries presently has a consensus target price of $3.25, suggesting a potential upside of 170.83%. ITT has a consensus target price of $46.33, suggesting a potential upside of 14.29%. Given Jason Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Jason Industries is more favorable than ITT.

Profitability

This table compares Jason Industries and ITT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jason Industries -9.80% -46.40% -0.63%
ITT 8.64% 14.17% 5.70%

Summary

ITT beats Jason Industries on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Jason Industries Company Profile

Jason Industries is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including Assembled Products (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Indiana and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). All Jason companies utilize the Jason Business System, a collaborative manufacturing strategy applicable to a diverse group of companies that includes business principles and processes to ensure best-in-class results and collective strength. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,000 individuals in 15 countries.

ITT Company Profile

ITT Corporation (ITT) is a diversified manufacturer of engineered critical components and technology solutions for industrial markets. The Company’s product and service offerings are organized in four segments: Industrial Process, Motion Technologies, Interconnect Solutions and Control Technologies. Industrial Process manufactures engineered fluid process equipment, and is a provider of plant optimization, solutions and aftermarket services and parts. Motion Technologies manufactures brake components, shock absorbers and damping technologies for the automotive, truck and trailer, public bus and rail transportation markets. Interconnect Solutions manufactures and designs a range of engineered connector solutions that makes it possible to transfer signal and power between electronic devices. Control Technologies manufactures equipment, including actuation, valves, and noise and energy absorption components for the aerospace and defense, and industrial markets.

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