Analyzing A. O. Smith (AOS) and Blackridge Technology International (BRTI)

A. O. Smith (NYSE:AOS) and Blackridge Technology International (OTCMKTS:BRTI) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Dividends

A. O. Smith pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Blackridge Technology International does not pay a dividend. A. O. Smith pays out 40.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. A. O. Smith has increased its dividend for 12 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

A. O. Smith has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blackridge Technology International has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for A. O. Smith and Blackridge Technology International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
A. O. Smith 1 2 5 0 2.50
Blackridge Technology International 0 0 0 0 N/A

A. O. Smith currently has a consensus target price of $65.71, suggesting a potential upside of 43.61%. Given A. O. Smith’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe A. O. Smith is more favorable than Blackridge Technology International.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.5% of A. O. Smith shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of A. O. Smith shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 34.5% of Blackridge Technology International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares A. O. Smith and Blackridge Technology International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
A. O. Smith $3.00 billion 2.61 $296.50 million $2.17 21.09
Blackridge Technology International $80,000.00 190.47 -$15.34 million N/A N/A

A. O. Smith has higher revenue and earnings than Blackridge Technology International.

Profitability

This table compares A. O. Smith and Blackridge Technology International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
A. O. Smith 10.83% 24.98% 13.77%
Blackridge Technology International -14,201.28% -5,705.10% -186.96%

Summary

A. O. Smith beats Blackridge Technology International on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About A. O. Smith

A. O. Smith Corporation manufactures and markets residential and commercial gas and electric water heaters, boilers, and water treatment products in North America, China, Europe, and India. The company offers water heaters for residences, restaurants, hotels and motels, office buildings, laundries, car washes, and small businesses; residential and commercial boilers for use in space heating applications for hospitals, schools, hotels, and other large commercial buildings; and water treatment products, including on-the-go filtration bottles, point-of-use carbon and reverse osmosis products, point-of-entry water softeners, and whole-home water filtrations products for residences, restaurants, hotels, and offices. It also provides food and beverage filtration products; expansion tanks, commercial solar water heating systems, swimming pool and spa heaters, and related products and parts; and heat pump and combi boilers, solar units, and air purification products. The company distributes its products through independent wholesale plumbing distributors, as well as through retail channels consisting of hardware and home center chains, and manufacturer representative firms. A. O. Smith Corporation is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

About Blackridge Technology International

BlackRidge Technology International, Inc. develops, markets, and sells cyber security solutions for protecting enterprise networks and cloud services in the United States. Its network and server security products are based on its patented Transport Access Control technology that are designed to isolate, cloak, and protect servers and cloud services, and segment networks for regulatory compliance. The company's products are used in enterprise and government computing environments, the industrial Internet of Things, and other cloud service providers and network systems. BlackRidge Technology International, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Reno, Nevada.

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