EnPro Industries (NPO) and Albany International (AIN) Critical Contrast

EnPro Industries (NYSE: NPO) and Albany International (NYSE:AIN) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.7% of EnPro Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.7% of Albany International shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of EnPro Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of Albany International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EnPro Industries $1.19 billion 1.64 -$40.10 million $23.06 3.96
Albany International $779.84 million 2.57 $52.73 million $1.33 46.73

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EnPro Industries 40.74% 7.92% 2.38%
Albany International 5.06% 9.24% 3.83%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for EnPro Industries and Albany International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EnPro Industries 0 0 5 0 3.00
Albany International 0 1 0 0 2.00

EnPro Industries presently has a consensus price target of $98.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.40%. Given EnPro Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe EnPro Industries is more favorable than Albany International.

Dividends

EnPro Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Albany International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. EnPro Industries pays out 3.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Albany International pays out 51.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. EnPro Industries has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

EnPro Industries has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Albany International has a beta of 1.73, indicating that its share price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

EnPro Industries beats Albany International on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

EnPro Industries Company Profile

EnPro Industries, Inc. is engaged in the designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing engineered industrial products. It operates through three segments. The Sealing Products segment includes three operating divisions: Garlock, which designs, manufactures and sells sealing products; Technetics, which designs, manufactures and sells metal seals and elastomeric seals, among others, and Stemco LP (Stemco), which designs, manufactures and sells heavy-duty truck wheel-end components and systems. The Engineered Products segment includes two industrial products businesses: GGB, which designs, manufactures and sells self-lubricating, non-rolling, metal polymer and engineered plastics, among others, and Compressor Products International, which designs, manufactures, sells and services components. The Power Systems segment includes Fairbanks Morse business, which designs, manufactures, sells and services heavy-duty, medium-speed diesel, natural gas and dual fuel reciprocating engines.

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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