Reviewing Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (WWD) and American Electric Technologies (AETI)

Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (NASDAQ:WWD) and American Electric Technologies (NASDAQ:AETI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.6% of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.2% of American Electric Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 31.4% of American Electric Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.



Profitability

This table compares Woodward, Inc.Common Stock and American Electric Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Woodward, Inc.Common Stock 7.59% 15.40% 7.27%
American Electric Technologies -9.80% -58.86% -12.81%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Woodward, Inc.Common Stock and American Electric Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Woodward, Inc.Common Stock $2.10 billion 2.16 $200.50 million $3.16 23.26
American Electric Technologies $47.13 million 0.11 -$2.22 million N/A N/A

Woodward, Inc.Common Stock has higher revenue and earnings than American Electric Technologies.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Woodward, Inc.Common Stock and American Electric Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Woodward, Inc.Common Stock 0 5 2 0 2.29
American Electric Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Woodward, Inc.Common Stock currently has a consensus price target of $81.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.20%. Given Woodward, Inc.Common Stock’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Woodward, Inc.Common Stock is more favorable than American Electric Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

Woodward, Inc.Common Stock has a beta of 1.25, indicating that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Electric Technologies has a beta of 0.77, indicating that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Woodward, Inc.Common Stock pays an annual dividend of $0.57 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. American Electric Technologies does not pay a dividend. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock pays out 18.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

Woodward, Inc.Common Stock beats American Electric Technologies on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Woodward, Inc.Common Stock

Woodward, Inc. designs, manufactures, and services energy control and optimization solutions for the aerospace and industrial markets worldwide. Its Aerospace segment provides fuel pumps, metering units, actuators, air valves, specialty valves, fuel nozzles, and thrust reverser actuation systems for turbine engines and nacelles; and flight deck controls, actuators, servocontrols, motors, and sensors for aircraft that are used on commercial and private aircrafts and rotorcrafts, as well as in military fixed-wing aircrafts and rotorcrafts, weapons, and defense systems. It also offers aftermarket maintenance, repair, overhaul, and other services to commercial airlines, repair facilities, military depots, third party repair shops, and other end users. This segment sells its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), tier-one suppliers, and prime contractors, as well as through aftermarket sales of components, such as provisioning spares or replacements. The company's Industrial segment designs, produces, and services systems and products for the management of fuel, air, fluids, gases, motion, combustion, and electricity. Its products include actuators, valves, pumps, injectors, solenoids, ignition systems, speed controls, electronics and software, power converters, and devices that measure, communicate, and protect electrical distribution systems for use in industrial gas turbines, steam turbines, reciprocating engines, electric power generation and power distribution systems, wind turbines, and compressors. This segment sells its products, aftermarket products, and other related services to OEMs through an independent network of distributors, as well as directly to end users. Woodward, Inc. was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.

About American Electric Technologies

American Electric Technologies, Inc. supplies power delivery solutions in the United States and internationally. It provides power distribution, power conversion, and automation and control systems that distribute and control the flow of electricity from the source to the mechanical device. The company's power distribution products include low and medium voltage switchgears, medium voltage arc-resistant switchgears, low and medium voltage motor control centers, bus ducts, fuse and switch products, and other related power distribution equipment; and power conversion solutions comprise alternating current variable frequency drive systems, analog systems, and digital silicon controlled rectifier (SCR) products. It also provides automation and control solutions for the management and control of power in a customer's application; power distribution centers that are used to house power distribution and conversion products; variable frequency drive and SCR houses for land drilling; and driller's cabins for land and offshore deployment. In addition, the company offers electrical power infrastructure commissioning and maintenance services; electrical and instrumentation construction, and installation services, including electrical and instrumentation turnarounds, maintenance, renovation, and new construction projects; and low and medium voltage start-up/commissioning, preventative maintenance, emergency call out, and breaker and switchgear refurbishment services. It serves the oil and gas, power generation and distribution, and marine and industrial markets. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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