FARO Technologies (FARO) and Atkore International Group (ATKR) Critical Contrast

FARO Technologies (NASDAQ: FARO) and Atkore International Group (NASDAQ:ATKR) are both electrical components & equipment – nec 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.7% of FARO Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of FARO Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FARO Technologies and Atkore International Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FARO Technologies $325.58 million 2.61 $11.10 million N/A N/A
Atkore International Group N/A N/A N/A $1.20 15.87

FARO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Atkore International Group.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FARO Technologies 0.03% 0.03% 0.02%
Atkore International Group 6.91% 33.89% 10.27%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for FARO Technologies and Atkore International Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FARO Technologies 0 2 4 0 2.67
Atkore International Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

FARO Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $48.80, suggesting a potential downside of 4.13%. Atkore International Group has a consensus price target of $22.67, suggesting a potential upside of 19.05%. Given Atkore International Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than FARO Technologies.

Summary

Atkore International Group beats FARO Technologies on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FARO Technologies

FARO Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets and supports software driven, three-dimensional (3D) measurement, imaging and realization systems. The Company operates in three segments: Factory Metrology, Construction BIM-CIM and Other. It sells its products through a direct sales force across customers in a range of manufacturing, industrial, architecture, surveying, building construction and law enforcement applications. Its FaroArm, FARO Laser ScanArm, FARO Gage, FARO Laser Tracker, FARO Cobalt Array 3D Imager AMP, and their companion CAM2 software provide for Computer-Aided Design-based inspection and/or factory-level statistical process control and surveying. It operates in international markets throughout the world and maintain sales offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

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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