Altra Industrial Motion (AIMC) & Ekso Bionics (EKSO) Critical Comparison

Altra Industrial Motion (NASDAQ: AIMC) and Ekso Bionics (NASDAQ:EKSO) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

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Altra Industrial Motion pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Ekso Bionics does not pay a dividend. Altra Industrial Motion pays out 33.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Altra Industrial Motion and Ekso Bionics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Altra Industrial Motion 0 2 3 0 2.60
Ekso Bionics 0 0 1 0 3.00

Altra Industrial Motion presently has a consensus target price of $50.60, suggesting a potential upside of 10.84%. Ekso Bionics has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 145.40%. Given Ekso Bionics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ekso Bionics is more favorable than Altra Industrial Motion.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.3% of Altra Industrial Motion shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.7% of Ekso Bionics shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Altra Industrial Motion shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of Ekso Bionics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Altra Industrial Motion has a beta of 1.63, meaning that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ekso Bionics has a beta of -0.6, meaning that its share price is 160% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Altra Industrial Motion and Ekso Bionics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Altra Industrial Motion 5.87% 15.92% 6.55%
Ekso Bionics -396.04% -246.15% -107.72%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Altra Industrial Motion and Ekso Bionics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Altra Industrial Motion $876.74 million 1.53 $51.42 million $2.05 22.27
Ekso Bionics $7.35 million 13.35 -$29.12 million ($0.89) -1.83

Altra Industrial Motion has higher revenue and earnings than Ekso Bionics. Ekso Bionics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Altra Industrial Motion, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Altra Industrial Motion beats Ekso Bionics on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Altra Industrial Motion Company Profile

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. designs, produces, and markets mechanical power transmission components worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Couplings, Clutches and Brakes; Electromagnetic Clutches and Brakes; and Gearing. It offers coupling products under the Ameridrives, Bibby, Lamiflex, TB Wood's, Huco Dynatork, Guardian, and Stromag brands for food processing, oil and gas, power generation, material handling, medical, metals, mining, and mobile off-highway markets; and heavy duty clutches and brakes under the Wichita Clutch, Twiflex, Industrial Clutch, Svendborg Brakes, and Stromag brands for use in metal forming, oil and gas drilling platforms, mining, material handling, marine, and wind turbine applications. The company also provides overrunning clutches under the Formsprag, Marland, and Stieber brands used in conveyors, gear reducers, hoists and cranes, mining machinery, machine tools, paper machinery, and other specialty machinery, as well as aerospace and defense market; and engineered belted drives under the TB Wood's brand for aggregate, energy, chemical, and material handling markets. In addition, it offers electromagnetic clutches and brakes under the Warner Electric, Inertia Dynamics, Matrix, and Stromag brands for material handling, forklift, elevator, medical mobility, mobile off-highway, baggage handling, and plant productivity applications, as well as for walk-behind mowers, residential lawn tractors, and commercial mowers; gears under the Boston Gear, Nuttall Gear, Delroyd, and Bauer Gear Motor brands that are used in industrial, material handling, mixing, transportation, and food processing applications; and engineered bearing assemblies under the Kilian brand name for use in general industrial and automotive markets. The company was formerly known as Altra Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Altra Industrial Motion Corp. in November 2013. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Ekso Bionics Company Profile

Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. designs, develops, and sells exoskeletons for use in the healthcare, industrial, and military markets in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates through Medical Devices, Industrial Sales, and Engineering Services segments. It primarily offers Ekso GT, a bionic suit that provides the ability to stand and walk over ground with a reciprocal gait using a cane, crutches, or a walker to individuals with spinal cord injuries, hemiplegia due to stroke, and lower limb paralysis or weakness. The company's Ekso device is primarily used in a clinic or rehabilitation setting. It also performs research and development work on human exoskeletons and related technologies. The company has a license agreement with Lockheed Martin Corporation, Regents of the University of California, and Garrett Brown, as well as with OttoBock Healthcare Products Gmbh. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Richmond, California. Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

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