Hurco Companies (NASDAQ: HURC) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Hurco Companies to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares Hurco Companies and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Hurco Companies $243.67 million $15.11 million 19.18
Hurco Companies Competitors $602.96 million $57.98 million 95.16

Hurco Companies’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Hurco Companies. Hurco Companies 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.

Risk and Volatility

Hurco Companies has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its stock price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hurco Companies’ rivals have a beta of 0.79, meaning that their average stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Hurco Companies pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Hurco Companies pays out 17.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 21.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hurco Companies is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.2% of Hurco Companies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.8% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.3% of Hurco Companies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Hurco Companies and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hurco Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hurco Companies Competitors 77 454 543 12 2.45

As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 17.61%. Given Hurco Companies’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Hurco Companies has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Hurco Companies and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hurco Companies 6.20% 7.76% 5.65%
Hurco Companies Competitors -9.91% 2.21% -1.43%

Hurco Companies Company Profile

Hurco Companies, Inc. is an industrial technology company. The Company designs, manufactures and sells computerized (Computer Numeric Control (CNC)) machine tools, consisting primarily of vertical machining centers (mills) and turning centers (lathes), to companies in the metal cutting industry. It operates in the industrial automation equipment segment. It provides software options, control upgrades, accessories and replacement parts for its products, as well as customer service and training support, and applications support. Its computerized machine tools are equipped with an integrated interactive computer control system that features its WinMax software. Its control systems are available in versions, including the Series 8200-B for tool room products and the Series 9000 offered on its vertical machining centers and bridge mills. Its Takumi machine tools models include drill and tap machines and three-axis vertical machining centers with linear guides.

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