Contrasting Albany International Corporation (AIN) & Key Technology (KTEC)

Albany International Corporation (NYSE: AIN) and Key Technology (NASDAQ:KTEC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Albany International Corporation and Key Technology, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Albany International Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Key Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Albany International Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $52.00, suggesting a potential downside of 11.19%. Given Albany International Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Albany International Corporation is more favorable than Key Technology.

Dividends

Albany International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Key Technology does not pay a dividend. Albany International Corporation pays out 51.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Albany International Corporation has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.2% of Albany International Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.6% of Key Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of Albany International Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 29.4% of Key Technology shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Albany International Corporation and Key Technology’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Albany International Corporation $779.84 million 2.42 $52.73 million $1.33 44.02
Key Technology $120.04 million 0.83 -$690,000.00 $0.52 29.40

Albany International Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Key Technology. Key Technology is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Albany International Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Albany International Corporation and Key Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Albany International Corporation 5.06% 9.24% 3.83%
Key Technology 2.58% 5.27% 3.31%

Risk and Volatility

Albany International Corporation has a beta of 1.72, suggesting that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Key Technology has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Albany International Corporation beats Key Technology on 13 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Albany International Corporation

Albany International Corp. is focused on textiles and materials processing business. The Company operates through two segments: Machine Clothing and Albany Engineered Composites. The Company’s Machine Clothing segment supplies permeable and impermeable belts used in the manufacture of paper, paperboard, nonwovens, fiber cement and various other industrial applications. The Machine Clothing segment also supplies customized, consumable fabrics used in the manufacturing process in the pulp, corrugator, nonwovens, fiber cement, building products, and tannery and textile industries. Its Albany Engineered Composites segment includes Albany Safran Composites, LLC (ASC), in which its customer SAFRAN Group owns interest and provides engineered composite structures based on its technology to customers in the aerospace and defense industries.

About Key Technology

Key Technology, Inc. is a supplier of process automation solutions to the food processing industry and other industries, such as tobacco and pharmaceuticals. The Company designs, manufactures, sells and services automation equipment that processes product streams of discrete pieces. These systems integrate electro-optical automated inspection and digital sorting systems with other processing systems that include specialized conveying and preparation equipment. The Company provides parts and service for each of its product lines to customers around the world. Its automated inspection systems are used in various applications to detect and remove defects and foreign material from the product stream. It offers conveying and processing equipment, which are utilized throughout various industries to move and process product within a production plant. Its Integrated Solutions Group (ISG) provides integrated whole-line solutions. It has an installed base of inspection and processing systems.

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