Comparison between Alpha Pro Tech (NYSE: APT) and STERIS (NYSE: STE)

Alpha Pro Tech (NYSE:APT – Get Rating) and STERIS (NYSE:STE – Get Rating) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better company? We’ll compare the two companies based on their dividend strength, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.9% of Alpha Pro Tech shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 90.9% of STERIS shares are held by institutional investors. 12.1% of Alpha Pro Tech shares are held by insiders. By comparison, 1.1% of STERIS shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that hedge funds, large fund managers, and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Alpha Pro Tech and STERIS.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Alpha Pro Technology 5.71% 5.69% 5.27%
STERIS 7.90% 12.40% 7.04%

Valuation and benefits

This chart compares the gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of Alpha Pro Tech and STERIS.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Alpha Pro Technology $68.64 million 0.88 $6.76 million $0.28 16.61
STERIS $4.59 billion 4.63 $243.89 million $3.73 56.83

STERIS has higher revenues and profits than Alpha Pro Tech. Alpha Pro Tech trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than STERIS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and risk

Alpha Pro Tech has a beta of -0.95, which means its price is 195% less volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, STERIS has a beta of 0.71, which means its price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Alpha Pro Tech and STERIS, as provided by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Alpha Pro Technology 0 0 0 0 N / A
STERIS 0 0 seven 0 3.00

STERIS has a consensus target price of $251.71, indicating an upside potential of 18.74%. Given STERIS’ possible higher upside, analysts clearly believe that STERIS is more favorable than Alpha Pro Tech.


STERIS beats Alpha Pro Tech on 12 out of 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alpha Pro Tech

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Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets a line of disposable protective apparel, infection control and construction products in the United States and around the world. The Company operates through two segments, disposable protective clothing and building materials. The Disposable Protective Clothing segment provides shoe covers, bouffant caps, coveralls, gowns, lab coats and gowns, hoods, as well as masks and face shields. The Building Materials segment offers construction sealants, such as house wraps and house wrap accessories, including window and door flashings, seam tapes and underlayments synthetic roofing materials, as well as other woven materials. The company markets its products under the Alpha Pro Tech brand, as well as under private labels. Its products are mainly used in clean rooms; industrial safety manufacturing environments; healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, laboratories and dental offices; construction sites and roof repairs. The company distributes its products through a network of buying groups, distributors and independent sales representatives, as well as through its sales and marketing force. Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Markham, Canada.


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STERIS logoSTERIS plc provides infection prevention and other procedural products and services worldwide. It operates through four segments: Healthcare, Applied Sterilization Technologies, Life Sciences and Dental. The Healthcare segment offers cleaning chemicals and sterility assurance products; automated endoscope reprocessing system and follow-up products; accessories for gastrointestinal (GI) procedures, washers, sterilizers and other capital goods for the operation of a sterile processing department; and equipment used directly in the operating room, including surgical tables, lights and connectivity solutions, as well as equipment management services. It also provides installation, maintenance, upgrade, repair and troubleshooting services for capital equipment; preventive maintenance programs and repair services; repair and maintenance services for instruments and endoscopes; and custom process improvement consulting and outsourced instrument sterile processing services. The Applied Sterilization Technologies segment provides contract sterilization and testing services to medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers through a network of approximately 50 contract sterilization and laboratory facilities. The Life Sciences segment designs, manufactures and sells consumable products, such as formulated cleaning chemicals, sterility protection and assurance products, steam and vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilizers and washer-disinfectors. This segment also offers equipment installation, maintenance, upgrade, repair and troubleshooting services; and preventive maintenance programs and repair services. The Dental segment provides manual and electric dental instruments, infection control products, personal protective equipment and water quality products for dental practices. The company offers its products and services to hospitals, other healthcare providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The company was founded in 1985 and is based in Dublin, Ireland.

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