Comparing Orbotech (ORBK) and Atkore International Group (ATKR)

Orbotech (NASDAQ: ORBK) and Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Orbotech and Atkore International Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Orbotech $806.40 million 3.22 $79.43 million $2.10 25.80
Atkore International Group $1.52 billion 0.84 $58.79 million $1.20 16.68

Orbotech has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Atkore International Group. Atkore International Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Orbotech, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Orbotech 11.89% 15.72% 10.97%
Atkore International Group 5.21% 26.72% 7.33%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.1% of Orbotech shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.0% of Atkore International Group shares are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of Orbotech shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 68.8% of Atkore International Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Orbotech and Atkore International Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Orbotech 0 1 7 0 2.88
Atkore International Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

Orbotech presently has a consensus price target of $50.38, suggesting a potential downside of 7.04%. Atkore International Group has a consensus price target of $22.67, suggesting a potential upside of 13.28%. Given Atkore International Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than Orbotech.

Summary

Orbotech beats Atkore International Group on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Orbotech

Orbotech Ltd. is a supplier of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. The Company provides cutting-edge solutions for use in the manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs), flat panel displays (FPDs) and semiconductor devices (SDs). The Company’s segments include Production Solutions for the Electronics Industry, Solar Energy and Recognition Software. The Production Solutions for the Electronics Industry segment is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and service of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. The Solar Energy segment is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of solar photovoltaic energy systems that produce electricity directly from sunlight. The Recognition Software segment is engaged in the development and marketing of check processing and healthcare payment automation solutions.

About Atkore International Group

Atkore International Group Inc. is a manufacturer of electrical raceway products. The Company’s products are primarily offered for non-residential construction and renovation markets, and mechanical products and solutions (MP&S) for the construction and industrial markets. The Company operates in two segments: Electrical Raceway and MP&S. Through the electrical raceway segment, it manufactures products that deploy, isolate and protect a structure’s electrical circuitry from the original power source to the final outlet. The Company’s electrical raceway segment products include electrical conduit, armored cable, cable trays, mounting systems and fittings. Through the MP&S segment, it provides products and services that frame, support and secure component parts in a range of structures, equipment and systems in electrical, industrial and construction applications. The Company’s MP&S segment products include metal framing products and in-line galvanized mechanical tube.

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