Hurco Companies (NASDAQ: HURC) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Hurco Companies to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.
This table compares Hurco Companies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Hurco Companies Competitors||3.31%||6.75%||3.24%|
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Hurco Companies and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Hurco Companies||$243.67 million||$15.11 million||18.08|
|Hurco Companies Competitors||$610.92 million||$59.74 million||110.62|
Hurco Companies’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Hurco Companies. Hurco Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
Hurco Companies pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Hurco Companies pays out 15.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 20.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hurco Companies is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
79.4% of Hurco Companies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.9% of Hurco Companies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a summary of current recommendations for Hurco Companies and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Hurco Companies Competitors||79||463||560||13||2.45|
As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 16.98%. Given Hurco Companies’ peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Hurco Companies has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Risk and Volatility
Hurco Companies has a beta of 0.4, indicating that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hurco Companies’ peers have a beta of 0.80, indicating that their average stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.
About Hurco Companies
Hurco Companies, Inc. is an industrial technology company. The Company designs, manufactures and sells computerized (Computer Numeric Control (CNC)) machine tools, consisting primarily of vertical machining centers (mills) and turning centers (lathes), to companies in the metal cutting industry. It operates in the industrial automation equipment segment. It provides software options, control upgrades, accessories and replacement parts for its products, as well as customer service and training support, and applications support. Its computerized machine tools are equipped with an integrated interactive computer control system that features its WinMax software. Its control systems are available in versions, including the Series 8200-B for tool room products and the Series 9000 offered on its vertical machining centers and bridge mills. Its Takumi machine tools models include drill and tap machines and three-axis vertical machining centers with linear guides.
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