Nidec (NJDCY) and AMETEK (AME) Head to Head Comparison

Nidec (OTCMKTS: NJDCY) and AMETEK (NYSE:AME) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Nidec shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.8% of AMETEK shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of AMETEK shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nidec and AMETEK’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nidec $11.09 billion 4.16 $1.04 billion $0.87 44.75
AMETEK $4.30 billion 4.08 $681.47 million $2.61 29.05

Nidec has higher revenue and earnings than AMETEK. AMETEK is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Nidec, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Nidec has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AMETEK has a beta of 1.24, suggesting that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Nidec and AMETEK, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nidec 0 1 1 0 2.50
AMETEK 0 0 11 0 3.00

Nidec presently has a consensus price target of $16.00, suggesting a potential downside of 58.90%. AMETEK has a consensus price target of $81.45, suggesting a potential upside of 7.45%. Given AMETEK’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe AMETEK is more favorable than Nidec.

Profitability

This table compares Nidec and AMETEK’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nidec 8.69% 13.61% 7.05%
AMETEK 15.85% 16.39% 7.97%

Dividends

Nidec pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. AMETEK pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Nidec pays out 10.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. AMETEK pays out 21.5% 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.

Summary

AMETEK beats Nidec on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nidec

Nidec Corporation manufactures and sells motors and other electronic products worldwide. It offers brushless DC, brush DC, induction, SR, synchronous, servo, and stepping motors, as well as drive circuits; fans and blowers, such as DC axial flow, DC blower, and AC axial flow fans; and machinery, including inspection and measuring systems, automation units, control equipment, marking devices, and optical devices. The company also provides electronic and optical components comprising mechanical system components, optical system units, sensors, and electronic system components; automotive components; hard disk drive components; and other products that include music boxes and pottery craftwork equipment. In addition, it offers hotel services and sells private label products. The company's products have applications in the IT equipment, home appliances, audio and visual equipment, office equipment, healthcare and medical care, industrial equipment, and vehicle/robot industries. Nidec Corporation was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.

About AMETEK

AMETEK, Inc. manufactures and sells electronic instruments and electromechanical devices worldwide. Its Electronic Instruments Group segment offers advanced instruments for the process, power and industrial, and aerospace markets; process and analytical instruments for the oil, gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, automation, and food and beverage markets; and instruments for the laboratory equipment, ultraprecision manufacturing, medical, and test and measurement markets. This segment also provides aircraft and engine sensors, monitoring systems, power supplies, data acquisition units, and fuel and fluid measurement systems for the aerospace industry; and power quality monitoring and metering, uninterruptible power systems, programmable power equipment, electromagnetic compatibility test equipment, sensors for gas turbines, dashboard instruments for heavy trucks and other vehicles, and instrumentation and controls for the food and beverage industries. Its Electromechanical Group segment offers engineered electrical connectors and electronics packaging used in aerospace and defense, medical, and industrial applications, as well as advanced precision motion control products for use in a range of automation applications across the medical, semiconductor, aerospace, defense, and food and beverage industries; high-purity powdered metals, strip and foil, specialty clad metals, and metal matrix composites; blowers and heat exchangers for aerospace and defense industries; and motors for use in commercial appliances, fitness equipment, food and beverage machines, hydraulic pumps, and industrial blowers. This segment also operates a network of aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul facilities. In addition, the company offers clinical and education communication solutions for hospitals, health systems, and educational facilities. AMETEK, Inc. was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

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