STERIS PLC (NYSE: STE) is one of 84 publicly-traded companies in the “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare STERIS PLC to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares STERIS PLC and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
STERIS PLC 4.63% 11.39% 6.54%
STERIS PLC Competitors -129.74% -38.44% -10.69%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.3% of STERIS PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.1% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of STERIS PLC shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.0% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares STERIS PLC and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
STERIS PLC $2.58 billion $521.33 million 63.92
STERIS PLC Competitors $827.23 million $159.49 million 36.04

STERIS PLC has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. STERIS PLC is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

STERIS PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. STERIS PLC pays out 88.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.8% and pay out 37.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. STERIS PLC has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for STERIS PLC and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
STERIS PLC 0 2 3 0 2.60
STERIS PLC Competitors 171 1125 2464 89 2.64

STERIS PLC currently has a consensus target price of $85.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.02%. As a group, “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 10.87%. Given STERIS PLC’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe STERIS PLC has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

STERIS PLC has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, STERIS PLC’s rivals have a beta of 1.06, indicating that their average stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

STERIS PLC beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

STERIS PLC Company Profile

STERIS plc provides infection prevention and other procedural products and services. The Company operates through four segments: Healthcare Products, which offers infection prevention and procedural solutions for healthcare providers, including capital equipment and related maintenance, and installation services, as well as consumables; Healthcare Specialty Services, which provides a range of specialty services for healthcare providers, including hospital sterilization services, instrument and scope repairs, and linen management; Life Sciences, which offers capital equipment and consumable products, and equipment maintenance and specialty services for pharmaceutical manufacturers and research facilities, and Applied Sterilization Technologies, which offers contract sterilization and laboratory services for medical device and pharmaceutical customers and others. Its Corporate and other segment includes the Defense and Industrial business unit.

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