Comparing Playags (AGS) & Albany International (AIN)

Playags (NYSE: AGS) and Albany International (NYSE:AIN) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Playags and Albany International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Playags 0 1 4 0 2.80
Albany International 0 1 0 0 2.00

Playags presently has a consensus price target of $23.38, suggesting a potential upside of 12.16%. Albany International has a consensus price target of $64.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.81%. Given Playags’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Playags is more favorable than Albany International.

Dividends

Albany International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Playags does not pay a dividend. Albany International pays out 70.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Playags and Albany International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Playags $166.80 million 4.39 -$81.37 million N/A N/A
Albany International $863.72 million 2.45 $33.11 million $0.96 68.59

Albany International has higher revenue and earnings than Playags.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.5% of Albany International shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of Albany International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Playags and Albany International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Playags N/A N/A N/A
Albany International 3.58% 9.43% 3.94%

Summary

Albany International beats Playags on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Albany International Company Profile

Albany International Corp. is focused on textiles and materials processing business. The Company operates through two segments: Machine Clothing and Albany Engineered Composites. The Company’s Machine Clothing segment supplies permeable and impermeable belts used in the manufacture of paper, paperboard, nonwovens, fiber cement and various other industrial applications. The Machine Clothing segment also supplies customized, consumable fabrics used in the manufacturing process in the pulp, corrugator, nonwovens, fiber cement, building products, and tannery and textile industries. Its Albany Engineered Composites segment includes Albany Safran Composites, LLC (ASC), in which its customer SAFRAN Group owns interest and provides engineered composite structures based on its technology to customers in the aerospace and defense industries.

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