Reviewing Rockwell Automation (ROK) and Its Rivals

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is one of 47 public companies in the “Electrical Components & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Rockwell Automation to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Rockwell Automation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rockwell Automation 13.04% 40.71% 12.03%
Rockwell Automation Competitors -3.73% 5.55% 2.03%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.6% of Rockwell Automation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.9% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Rockwell Automation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Rockwell Automation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rockwell Automation 1 11 2 0 2.07
Rockwell Automation Competitors 186 915 1197 6 2.44

Rockwell Automation currently has a consensus target price of $156.42, indicating a potential downside of 14.40%. As a group, “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 5.69%. Given Rockwell Automation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Rockwell Automation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Rockwell Automation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Rockwell Automation $6.18 billion $1.22 billion 29.47
Rockwell Automation Competitors $1.86 billion $293.26 million -37.13

Rockwell Automation has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Rockwell Automation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Rockwell Automation pays an annual dividend of $3.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Rockwell Automation pays out 49.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 44.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Rockwell Automation has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Rockwell Automation has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rockwell Automation’s competitors have a beta of 1.30, indicating that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Rockwell Automation beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (Rockwell Automation) is a provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions for manufacturers. The Company operates through two segments: Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. The Architecture & Software segment contains various hardware, software and communication components of the Company’s integrated control and information architecture capable of controlling the customer’s industrial processes and connecting with their manufacturing enterprise. Architecture & Software has a portfolio of products, including Control platforms that perform multiple control disciplines and monitoring of applications, including discrete, batch and continuous process, drives control, motion control and machine safety control. The Control Products & Solutions segment portfolio includes low and medium voltage electro-mechanical and electronic motor starters, signaling devices, termination and protection devices, relays and timers.

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