Reviewing Raven Industries (RAVN) & Its Peers

Raven Industries (NASDAQ: RAVN) is one of 59 public companies in the “CONGLOMERATES” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Raven Industries to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

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Raven Industries has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Raven Industries’ rivals have a beta of -2.59, suggesting that their average share price is 359% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Raven Industries and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Raven Industries $377.32 million $41.02 million 30.44
Raven Industries Competitors $20.25 billion $853.89 million 0.68

Raven Industries’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Raven Industries. Raven Industries is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Raven Industries and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Raven Industries 0 1 2 0 2.67
Raven Industries Competitors 215 892 1554 41 2.53

Raven Industries presently has a consensus price target of $35.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.74%. As a group, “CONGLOMERATES” companies have a potential upside of 18.09%. Given Raven Industries’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Raven Industries has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Raven Industries and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Raven Industries 10.87% 15.29% 12.98%
Raven Industries Competitors -3,063.78% -70.93% -49.66%

Dividends

Raven Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Raven Industries pays out 46.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “CONGLOMERATES” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.9% and pay out 49.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.1% of Raven Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.7% of shares of all “CONGLOMERATES” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of Raven Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.1% of shares of all “CONGLOMERATES” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Raven Industries beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Raven Industries

Raven Industries, Inc. is a diversified technology company providing a range of products to customers within the industrial, agricultural, energy, construction and defense markets. The Company operates through three segments: Applied Technology Division (Applied Technology), Engineered Films Division (Engineered Films) and Aerostar Division (Aerostar). The Applied Technology segment designs, manufactures, sells and services precision agriculture products and information management tools for growers. The Engineered Films segment produces plastic films and sheeting for energy, agricultural, construction, geomembrane and industrial applications. The Aerostar segment designs and manufactures products, including balloons, tethered aerostats and radar processing systems. It conducts business through its subsidiaries, including Aerostar International, Inc. (Aerostar), Vista Research, Inc. (Vista), Raven International Holding Company BV (Raven Holdings) and Raven Industries Canada, Inc.

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