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ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:ASHTY) and SJM (OTCMKTS:SJMHF) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.53, meaning that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SJM has a beta of 1.62, meaning that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR and SJM’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR 28.22% 30.03% 11.51%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.4% of ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. 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.


ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $2.78 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. SJM does not pay a dividend. ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR pays out 41.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR and SJM, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SJM 1 0 2 0 2.33

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR and SJM’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR $4.53 billion 2.65 $1.30 billion $6.73 14.53
SJM $5.37 billion 0.94 $251.90 million N/A N/A

ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR has higher earnings, but lower revenue than SJM.


ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR beats SJM on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.


Ashtead Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, rents a range of construction and industrial equipment. It offers equipment for use in lifting, powering, generation, moving, digging, compacting, drilling, supporting, scrubbing, pumping, directing, heating, and ventilating works. The company provides various types of construction equipment for non-residential construction markets; and facilities management equipment for the maintenance and repair of facilities. It also offers disaster relief equipment, such as pumps and power generation equipment for various applications, such as assisting at times of flooding due to weather and burst water supply; power generation, lighting, and other equipment for super bowl events, sporting events, music concerts, and festivals; and climate control equipment, including cooling, heating, and dehumidification equipment to the construction, commercial, industrial, and events markets. In addition, the company rents and installs scaffolding solutions for access to new or existing structures; and offers portable traffic systems to facilitate engineering projects or clean-up after an accident. It serves construction, industrial, and homeowner customers, as well as government entities and specialist contractors. The company offers its equipment under the Sunbelt Rentals and A-Plant brands through 658 stores in 47 states in the United States; 54 stores in Canada; and 187 stores in the United Kingdom. Ashtead Group plc was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

SJM Company Profile

SJM Holdings Limited, an investment holding company, develops and operates casinos and related facilities in Macau Special Administrative Region, the People's Republic of China. It operates in two segments, Gaming Operations; and Hotel, Catering and Retail Operations. The Gaming Operations segment engages in VIP gaming, mass market table gaming, slot machine, and other gaming operations. As of December 31, 2017, it operated 20 casinos comprising approximately 1,700 gaming tables and 2,400 slot machines. The Hotel, Catering and Retail Operations segment engages in the hotel business; and provision of catering, retail, and related services. SJM Holdings Limited also provides marketing and promotion, property development, casino operations management, dredging, gaming promotion, and human resources and project management, as well as property and securities holding services. The company was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Central, Hong Kong. SJM Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau, S.A.

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