Head-To-Head Survey: Gates Industrial (GTES) vs. Mueller Industries (MLI)

Gates Industrial (NYSE: GTES) and Mueller Industries (NYSE:MLI) are both construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings and dividends.


Mueller Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Gates Industrial does not pay a dividend. Mueller Industries pays out 26.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Mueller Industries has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Gates Industrial and Mueller Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gates Industrial $2.75 billion 1.87 $57.70 million N/A N/A
Mueller Industries $2.27 billion 0.72 $85.59 million $1.49 18.91

Mueller Industries has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Gates Industrial.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.4% of Mueller Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Mueller Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Gates Industrial and Mueller Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gates Industrial N/A N/A N/A
Mueller Industries 3.78% 16.47% 6.62%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Gates Industrial and Mueller Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gates Industrial 0 1 5 0 2.83
Mueller Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Gates Industrial currently has a consensus price target of $22.17, indicating a potential upside of 22.33%. Given Gates Industrial’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Gates Industrial is more favorable than Mueller Industries.


Mueller Industries beats Gates Industrial on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Gates Industrial

Gates Industrial Corporation PLC designs and manufactures power transmission equipment. Its products serves harsh and hazardous industries such as agriculture, construction, manufacturing and energy, to everyday consumer applications such as printers, power washers, automatic doors and vacuum cleaners and virtually every form of transportation.

About Mueller Industries

Mueller Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of copper, brass, aluminum and plastic products. The Company operates through three segments: Piping Systems, Industrial Metals and Climate. The Company’s products include copper tube and fittings; line sets; brass and copper alloy rod, bar, and shapes; aluminum and brass forgings; aluminum impact extrusions; plastic fittings and valves; refrigeration valves and fittings; fabricated tubular products, and steel nipples. The Company also resells imported brass and plastic plumbing valves, malleable iron fittings, faucets, and plumbing specialty products. The Company’s operations are located throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, South Korea, and China. The Company markets its products to the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, refrigeration, hardware, and other industries.

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