Head-To-Head Contrast: Valmont Industries (VMI) versus Proto Labs (PRLB)

Valmont Industries (NYSE: VMI) and Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.0% of Valmont Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.5% of Proto Labs shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Valmont Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Proto Labs shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Valmont Industries has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Proto Labs has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Valmont Industries and Proto Labs, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Valmont Industries 0 2 1 0 2.33
Proto Labs 0 3 0 0 2.00

Valmont Industries presently has a consensus price target of $162.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.84%. Proto Labs has a consensus price target of $88.00, indicating a potential downside of 26.88%. Given Valmont Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Valmont Industries is more favorable than Proto Labs.


Valmont Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Proto Labs does not pay a dividend. Valmont Industries pays out 21.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Valmont Industries and Proto Labs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Valmont Industries 4.15% 14.11% 6.26%
Proto Labs 15.49% 12.88% 11.56%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Valmont Industries and Proto Labs’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Valmont Industries $2.75 billion 1.19 $116.24 million $6.97 20.78
Proto Labs $344.49 million 9.41 $51.77 million $1.93 62.36

Valmont Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Proto Labs. Valmont Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Proto Labs, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Valmont Industries beats Proto Labs on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Valmont Industries

Valmont Industries, Inc. produces and sells fabricated metal products in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: Engineered Support Structures, Utility Support Structures, Coatings, and Irrigation. The Engineered Support Structures segment manufactures and distributes engineered metal, and composite structures and components for the lighting and traffic, wireless communication, and roadway safety industries. This segment produces steel, aluminum, and composite poles, towers, industrial and architectural access systems, and other structures. The Utility Support Structures segment manufactures engineered steel and concrete structures for the utility industry, including on and offshore wind energy, and gas and oil exploration structures. The Coatings segment provides hot-dipped galvanizing, anodizing, powder coating, and e-coating services. The Irrigation segment manufactures agricultural irrigation equipment, and related parts and services under the Valley brand name for the agricultural industry; and tubular products for industrial customers. In addition, the company offers forged steel grinding media for the mining industry. It serves municipalities and government entities, commercial lighting fixtures manufacturing companies, contractors, telecommunication and utility companies, and large farms, as well as the general manufacturing sector. Valmont Industries, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

About Proto Labs

Proto Labs, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an e-commerce enabled digital manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production worldwide. It utilizes injection molding, computer numerical control machining, three-dimensional (3D) printing, and sheet metal fabrication to manufacture custom parts for developers and engineers who use 3D computer-aided design software to design products across a range of end markets. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Maple Plain, Minnesota.

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