Head to Head Analysis: Atkore International Group (ATKR) and Anixter International (AXE)

Atkore International Group (NYSE: ATKR) and Anixter International (NYSE:AXE) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Atkore International Group and Anixter International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atkore International Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Anixter International 0 3 1 0 2.25

Atkore International Group presently has a consensus target price of $23.67, indicating a potential upside of 12.32%. Anixter International has a consensus target price of $86.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.97%. Given Anixter International’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Anixter International is more favorable than Atkore International Group.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.9% of Atkore International Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.9% of Anixter International shares are held by institutional investors. 68.8% of Atkore International Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of Anixter International shares 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atkore International Group 5.63% 26.22% 7.73%
Anixter International 1.86% 12.52% 4.14%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atkore International Group $1.50 billion 0.89 $84.63 million $1.27 16.59
Anixter International $7.62 billion 0.33 $120.50 million $4.29 17.44

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

Summary

Atkore International Group beats Anixter International on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Anixter International

Anixter International Inc. is engaged in the distribution of enterprise cabling and security solutions, electrical and electronic wire and cable products and utility power solutions. The Company operates through three segments: Network & Security Solutions (NSS), Electrical & Electronic Solutions (EES), and Utility Power Solutions (UPS). The NSS segment’s product portfolio includes access control, power, cable management, wireless, professional audio/video, voice and networking switches, and other ancillary products. The EES segment’s product portfolio includes electrical and electronic wire and cable, shipboard cable, support and supply products, low-voltage cable, instrumentation cable, industrial communication and control products, security cable, connectors, industrial Ethernet switches, and voice and data cable. The UPS segment supplies electrical transmission and distribution products, power plant maintenance, repair and operations supplies, and smart-grid products.

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