Atkore International Group (ATKR) versus Digital Ally (DGLY) Critical Contrast

Atkore International Group (NYSE: ATKR) and Digital Ally (NASDAQ:DGLY) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atkore International Group 5.97% 26.99% 8.34%
Digital Ally -80.08% -195.04% -64.01%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Atkore International Group and Digital Ally’s gross 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 0.87 $84.63 million $1.41 14.65
Digital Ally $16.58 million 1.14 -$12.71 million ($2.13) -1.27

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.3% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.0% of Digital Ally shares are owned by institutional investors. 51.0% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 19.0% of Digital Ally shares are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Atkore International Group and Digital Ally, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atkore International Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Digital Ally 0 0 2 0 3.00

Atkore International Group currently has a consensus target price of $24.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.22%. Digital Ally has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 122.22%. Given Digital Ally’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Digital Ally is more favorable than Atkore International Group.

Volatility and Risk

Atkore International Group has a beta of 1.42, suggesting that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Digital Ally has a beta of 2.55, suggesting that its share price is 155% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Atkore International Group beats Digital Ally on 10 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 Digital Ally

Digital Ally, Inc. produces digital video imaging and storage products for use in law enforcement, security and commercial applications. The Company’s products include in-car digital video/audio recorder contained in a rear-view mirror for use in law enforcement and commercial fleets; a system that provides its law enforcement customers with audio/video surveillance from multiple vantage points and hands-free automatic activation of body-worn cameras and in-car video systems; a weather-resistant mobile digital video recording system for use on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and boats; a miniature digital video system designed to be worn on an individual’s body, and a hand-held laser speed detection device that it offers primarily to law enforcement agencies. The Company sells its products to law enforcement agencies and other security organizations, consumer and commercial fleet operators through direct sales domestically and third-party distributors internationally.

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