Contrasting Mueller Water Products (MWA) and Its Peers

Mueller Water Products (NYSE: MWA) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Mueller Water Products to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Mueller Water Products has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mueller Water Products’ peers have a beta of 1.21, indicating that their average share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mueller Water Products and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Mueller Water Products $1.15 billion $184.20 million 15.34
Mueller Water Products Competitors $2.22 billion $351.87 million 23.41

Mueller Water Products’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Mueller Water Products. Mueller Water Products 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Mueller Water Products and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mueller Water Products 0 1 7 0 2.88
Mueller Water Products Competitors 390 1898 1913 36 2.38

Mueller Water Products currently has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.10%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 7.70%. Given Mueller Water Products’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Mueller Water Products is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.7% of Mueller Water Products shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.3% of Mueller Water Products shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Mueller Water Products and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mueller Water Products 14.47% 16.85% 5.96%
Mueller Water Products Competitors 1.58% 6.82% 4.66%

Dividends

Mueller Water Products pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Mueller Water Products pays out 20.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 35.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Mueller Water Products has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

Mueller Water Products beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Mueller Water Products

Mueller Water Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water in North America. The Company operates through three segments: Mueller Co., Anvil and Mueller Technologies. The Mueller Co. segment manufactures valves for water and gas systems, and dry-barrel and wet-barrel fire hydrants. The Anvil segment manufactures and sources a range of products, including a range of fittings, couplings, hangers and related products. The Mueller Technologies segment offers metering systems, leak detection, pipe condition assessment and other products and services for the water infrastructure industry. The Mueller Technologies segment includes Mueller Systems and Echologics businesses. The Company offers a range of water infrastructure, flow control and piping component system products and services in the United States and Canada.

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