Reviewing Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) and Its Peers

Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE: MSA) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Surgical appliances & supplies” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Mine Safety Appliances to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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69.5% of Mine Safety Appliances shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.5% of shares of all “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.9% of Mine Safety Appliances shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Mine Safety Appliances and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mine Safety Appliances 2.17% 23.91% 9.68%
Mine Safety Appliances Competitors -295.29% -52.73% -18.42%

Dividends

Mine Safety Appliances pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Mine Safety Appliances pays out 36.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.2% and pay out 27.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Mine Safety Appliances has raised its dividend for 46 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mine Safety Appliances and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Mine Safety Appliances $1.20 billion $26.02 million 22.58
Mine Safety Appliances Competitors $1.33 billion $194.17 million 24.03

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Mine Safety Appliances and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mine Safety Appliances 0 1 2 0 2.67
Mine Safety Appliances Competitors 123 706 1254 53 2.58

Mine Safety Appliances currently has a consensus price target of $89.33, indicating a potential upside of 2.22%. As a group, “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies have a potential downside of 1.61%. Given Mine Safety Appliances’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Mine Safety Appliances is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk and Volatility

Mine Safety Appliances has a beta of 1.45, suggesting that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mine Safety Appliances’ rivals have a beta of 0.84, suggesting that their average stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Mine Safety Appliances beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Mine Safety Appliances

MSA Safety Incorporated develops, manufactures, and supplies safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures in the oil, gas, petrochemical, fire service, construction, utilities, and mining industries worldwide. It operates through Americas and International segments. The company's core product offerings include permanently installed fixed gas and flame detection instruments, such as permanently installed gas detection monitoring systems, and flame detectors and open-path infrared gas detectors, as well as replacement components and related services to detect the presence or absence of various gases in the air. Its core product offerings also consist of breathing apparatus products, such as self-contained breathing apparatus, face masks, and respirators; hand-held portable gas detection instruments; industrial head protection products; firefighter helmets and protective apparel; and fall protection equipment comprising confined space equipment, harnesses, fall arrest equipment, lanyards, and lifelines. In addition, the company offers respirators, eye and face protection products, ballistic helmets, and gas masks. It serves distributors, and industrial or military end-users through indirect and direct sales channels. The company was founded in 1914 and is based in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

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