Financial Survey: Traeger (NYSE:COOK) versus A. O. Smith (NYSE:AOS)

Traeger (NYSE:COOK) and A. O. Smith (NYSE:AOS) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.1% of A. O. Smith shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of A. O. Smith shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Traeger and A. O. Smith, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Traeger 0 1 9 0 2.90
A. O. Smith 1 3 2 0 2.17

Traeger currently has a consensus target price of $31.33, indicating a potential upside of 41.59%. A. O. Smith has a consensus target price of $63.40, indicating a potential downside of 7.21%. Given Traeger’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Traeger is more favorable than A. O. Smith.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Traeger and A. O. Smith’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Traeger N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
A. O. Smith $2.90 billion 3.76 $344.90 million $2.16 31.63

A. O. Smith has higher revenue and earnings than Traeger.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Traeger N/A N/A N/A
A. O. Smith 13.69% 24.38% 14.30%

Summary

A. O. Smith beats Traeger on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Traeger

Traeger Inc. provides wood pellet grill. The company’s pellet grills utilize wood-fired convection power, owners can grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise and barbecue meals on one cooking system. Traeger Inc. is headquartered in Salt Lake City.

About A. O. Smith

A. O. Smith Corp. manufactures residential and commercial gas and electric water heaters, boilers, tanks and water treatment products. It operates through the following two segments: North America and Rest of World. The North America segment manufactures and markets comprehensive lines of residential and commercial gas and electric water heaters, boilers, tanks. The Rest of World segment comprises of China, Europe, and India; and manufactures and markets water treatment products. The company was founded by Charles Jeremiah Smith in 1874 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.

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