Head-To-Head Contrast: Lydall (LDL) versus Its Peers

Lydall (NYSE: LDL) is one of 18 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Lydall to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Lydall and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lydall 0 0 2 0 3.00
Lydall Competitors 44 291 292 8 2.42

Lydall presently has a consensus target price of $62.50, suggesting a potential upside of 7.02%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 7.10%. Given Lydall’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Lydall has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.1% of Lydall shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Lydall shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lydall and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Lydall $640.28 million $92.46 million 23.84
Lydall Competitors $696.10 million $107.92 million 49.94

Lydall’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Lydall. Lydall is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Lydall has a beta of 1.73, suggesting that its stock price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lydall’s competitors have a beta of 1.52, suggesting that their average stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Lydall and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lydall 6.56% 17.43% 9.51%
Lydall Competitors -24.03% 10.43% 4.25%

Summary

Lydall beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Lydall

Lydall, Inc. designs and manufactures specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration/separation and thermal/acoustical applications. The Company’s segments are Performance Materials, Technical Nonwovens, Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. The Performance Materials segment includes filtration, thermal insulation and life sciences filtration businesses. The Technical Nonwovens segment includes its industrial filtration and advanced materials products. The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment includes its metal parts and related tooling used in automotive applications. The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment includes its fiber parts business and related tooling used in automotive applications. Its Filtration products include LydAir MG (Micro-Glass) Air Filtration Media, LydAir MB (Melt Blown) Air Filtration Media and Arioso Membrane Composite Media.

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