Head to Head Analysis: Kimball Electronics (KE) versus Atkore International Group (ATKR)

Kimball Electronics (NASDAQ: KE) and Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kimball Electronics 3.40% 9.63% 5.95%
Atkore International Group 5.63% 26.22% 7.73%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kimball Electronics and Atkore International Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kimball Electronics $930.91 million 0.55 $34.17 million $1.19 16.13
Atkore International Group $1.50 billion 0.92 $84.63 million $1.27 17.15

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Kimball Electronics and Atkore International Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kimball Electronics 0 0 0 0 N/A
Atkore International Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

Atkore International Group has a consensus target price of $23.67, suggesting a potential upside of 8.66%. Given Atkore International Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than Kimball Electronics.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.6% of Kimball Electronics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.3% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of Kimball Electronics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 68.8% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Atkore International Group beats Kimball Electronics on 12 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kimball Electronics

Kimball Electronics, Inc. (Kimball Electronics) is an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company. The Company is engaged in producing electronics for the automotive, medical, industrial and public safety markets. It provides design, engineering, manufacturing, packaging and distribution of electronic assemblies and circuit boards on a contract basis to a range of industries. The Company offers various engineering, manufacturing and supply chain services, such as design services; production and testing of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAS); industrialization and automation of manufacturing processes; product design and process validation and qualification; reliability testing, which include testing of products under a series of environmental conditions; assembly, production and packaging of other related non-electronic products, and product life cycle management. It is engaged in producing safety critical electronic assemblies for the automotive market.

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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