Hickok (OTCMKTS: HICKA) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Process control instruments” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Hickok to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.
Volatility and Risk
Hickok has a beta of 0.58, meaning that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hickok’s competitors have a beta of 0.65, meaning that their average stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Hickok and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
Hickok’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Hickok. Hickok is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Hickok and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.
Hickok presently has a consensus target price of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.23%. As a group, “Process control instruments” companies have a potential upside of 7.08%. Given Hickok’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Hickok is more favorable than its competitors.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
67.9% of shares of all “Process control instruments” companies are held by institutional investors. 82.2% of Hickok shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.4% of shares of all “Process control instruments” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Hickok and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
Hickok beats its competitors on 7 of the 12 factors compared.
Hickok Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the commercial air handling, test and measurement, and industrial hose businesses in the United States. Its Test and Measurement segment primarily offers electronic testing products for the automotive and trucking industries. The segment offers automotive diagnostic products to original equipment manufacturers; and aircraft instruments to manufacturers of commercial, military, and personal airplanes, as well as indicators and gauges to manufacturers and servicers of railroad equipment and locomotives. The company's Industrial Hose segment manufactures flexible interlocking metal hoses; and distributes silicone hoses. It sells its metal hoses to heavy-duty truck manufacturers, as well as to agricultural, industrial, and petrochemical markets; and silicone hoses to agriculture and general industrial markets. Its Commercial Air Handling segment designs, manufactures, and installs commercial, institutional, and industrial custom air handling solutions under the FactoryBilt and SiteBilt brand names. It serves health care, education, pharmaceutical, and industrial manufacturing markets customers through sales representatives. The company also exports its products to Australia, Canada, England, Mexico, and internationally. Hickok Incorporated was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.