The Key Technology (KTEC) & John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) Critical Survey

The Key Technology (KTEC) & John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) Critical Survey

Key Technology (NASDAQ: KTEC) and John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE:JBT) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

44.6% of Key Technology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 29.4% of Key Technology shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Key Technology has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Bean Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

John Bean Technologies Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Key Technology does not pay a dividend. John Bean Technologies Corporation pays out 14.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. John Bean Technologies Corporation has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Key Technology and John Bean Technologies Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

John Bean Technologies Corporation has a consensus target price of $101.67, suggesting a potential downside of 7.87%. Given John Bean Technologies Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe John Bean Technologies Corporation is more favorable than Key Technology.

Profitability

This table compares Key Technology and John Bean Technologies Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Key Technology and John Bean Technologies Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

John Bean Technologies Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Key Technology. Key Technology is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than John Bean Technologies Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

John Bean Technologies Corporation beats Key Technology on 14 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Key Technology Company Profile

Key Technology, Inc. is a supplier of process automation solutions to the food processing industry and other industries, such as tobacco and pharmaceuticals. The Company designs, manufactures, sells and services automation equipment that processes product streams of discrete pieces. These systems integrate electro-optical automated inspection and digital sorting systems with other processing systems that include specialized conveying and preparation equipment. The Company provides parts and service for each of its product lines to customers around the world. Its automated inspection systems are used in various applications to detect and remove defects and foreign material from the product stream. It offers conveying and processing equipment, which are utilized throughout various industries to move and process product within a production plant. Its Integrated Solutions Group (ISG) provides integrated whole-line solutions. It has an installed base of inspection and processing systems.

John Bean Technologies Corporation Company Profile

John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a technology solutions provider to the segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. It operates through two segments: JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech. The JBT FoodTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically food processing systems used for fruit juice production, frozen food production, in-container food production, automated systems and convenience food preparation by the food industry. The product offerings of its FoodTech businesses include Protein, Liquid Foods and Automated Systems. The JBT AeroTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically airport ground support and gate equipment and provides services for airport authorities; airlines, airfreight, and ground handling companies; the defense contractors, and other industries. The product offerings of its AeroTech businesses include Mobile Equipment, Fixed Equipment and Airport Services.

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