Head-To-Head Review: Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) & AMETEK (AME)

Kinder Morgan Management (NYSE: KMR) and AMETEK (NYSE:AME) are both large-cap industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Kinder Morgan Management and AMETEK, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kinder Morgan Management 0 0 0 0 N/A
AMETEK 0 1 10 0 2.91

AMETEK has a consensus price target of $75.27, suggesting a potential downside of 2.22%. Given AMETEK’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AMETEK is more favorable than Kinder Morgan Management.

Dividends

AMETEK pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Kinder Morgan Management does not pay a dividend. AMETEK pays out 15.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.8% of AMETEK shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of AMETEK shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Kinder Morgan Management and AMETEK’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kinder Morgan Management N/A N/A N/A
AMETEK 13.37% 16.48% 7.77%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kinder Morgan Management and AMETEK’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kinder Morgan Management N/A N/A N/A $1.85 56.60
AMETEK $3.84 billion 4.63 $512.15 million $2.38 32.34

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

Volatility & Risk

Kinder Morgan Management has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AMETEK has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

AMETEK beats Kinder Morgan Management on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kinder Morgan Management

Kinder Morgan Management, LLC is a limited partner in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P (KMP), and manages and controls its business and affairs pursuant to a delegation of control agreement. Kinder Morgan G.P., Inc., of which Kinder Morgan, Inc. indirectly owns all of the outstanding common equity, is the general partner of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP). Kinder Morgan G.P., Inc., pursuant to a delegation of control agreement among the Company, Kinder Morgan G.P., Inc. and KMP, has delegated to the Company, to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law and KMP’s limited partnership agreement, all of its rights and powers to manage and control the business and affairs of KMP, subject to the general partner’s right to approve specified actions.

About AMETEK

AMETEK, Inc. is a manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The Company operates through two segments: Electronic Instruments (EIG) and Electromechanical (EMG). EIG designs and manufactures instruments for the process, power and industrial and aerospace markets. EIG provides process and analytical instruments for the oil, gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and automation markets. It makes monitoring and metering devices, industrial battery chargers and uninterruptible power supplies, programmable power equipment, electrical test equipment and gas turbine sensors. EMG is a differentiated supplier of precision motion control solutions, thermal management systems, specialty metals and electrical interconnects. Its end markets include medical, automation, petrochemical and other industrial markets. It operates a network of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities.

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