Critical Review: Douglas Dynamics (PLOW) vs. The Competition

Douglas Dynamics (NYSE: PLOW) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Douglas Dynamics to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

Douglas Dynamics has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Douglas Dynamics’ peers have a beta of 1.44, suggesting that their average stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Douglas Dynamics and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Douglas Dynamics 6.59% 13.98% 4.58%
Douglas Dynamics Competitors 4.16% 13.69% 4.12%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Douglas Dynamics and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Douglas Dynamics $416.27 million $39.00 million 27.91
Douglas Dynamics Competitors $6.06 billion $48.37 million 121.04

Douglas Dynamics’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Douglas Dynamics. Douglas Dynamics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Douglas Dynamics and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Douglas Dynamics 0 0 2 0 3.00
Douglas Dynamics Competitors 171 890 965 17 2.41

Douglas Dynamics presently has a consensus price target of $42.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.30%. As a group, “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies have a potential upside of 6.72%. Given Douglas Dynamics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Douglas Dynamics is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.3% of Douglas Dynamics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.2% of shares of all “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of Douglas Dynamics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of shares of all “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Douglas Dynamics pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Douglas Dynamics pays out 71.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 35.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Douglas Dynamics has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Douglas Dynamics beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Douglas Dynamics Company Profile

Douglas Dynamics, Inc. is a manufacturer and up-fitter of commercial vehicle attachments and equipment. The Company’s portfolio includes snow and ice management attachments sold under the BLIZZARD, FISHER, HENDERSON, SNOWEX and WESTERN brands, turf care equipment under the TURFEX brand and industrial maintenance equipment under the SWEEPEX brand. The Company operates through two segments: Work Truck Attachments and Work Truck Solutions. The Work Truck Attachments segment includes snow and ice management attachments sold under the FISHER, WESTERN, HENDERSON and SNOWEX brands. The Work Truck Solutions segment includes the up-fit of attachments and storage solutions for commercial work vehicles under the DEJANA brand and its related sub-brands. In its Work Truck Attachments segment, the Company offers a product line of snowplows, and sand and salt spreaders for light and heavy duty trucks. Its Work Truck Solutions products consist of truck and vehicle up-fits.

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