Crane (NYSE: CR) and SPX Corp (NASDAQ:SPXC) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Crane and SPX Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crane 0 4 7 0 2.64
SPX Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Crane currently has a consensus target price of $92.50, suggesting a potential upside of 11.89%. Given Crane’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Crane is more favorable than SPX Corp.

Risk and Volatility

Crane has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SPX Corp has a beta of 1.73, meaning that its share price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

68.9% of Crane shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Crane shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Crane and SPX Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crane $2.75 billion 1.79 $122.80 million $2.23 37.07
SPX Corp N/A N/A N/A $0.77 39.71

Crane has higher revenue and earnings than SPX Corp. Crane is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SPX Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Crane and SPX Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crane 4.96% 20.70% 7.53%
SPX Corp -2.37% -15.86% -1.74%

Dividends

Crane pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. SPX Corp does not pay a dividend. Crane pays out 59.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Crane beats SPX Corp on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crane Company Profile

Crane Co. (Crane) is a manufacturer of engineered industrial products. The Company operates through four segments, including Fluid Handling, Payment & Merchandising Technologies, Aerospace & Electronics, and Engineered Materials. The Fluid Handling segment is a provider of engineered fluid handling equipment, including Process Valves and Related Products, Commercial Valves and Other Products. The Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment includes Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) and Merchandising Systems. The Aerospace & Electronics segment supplies various components and systems, including original equipment and aftermarket parts, primarily for the commercial aerospace and military aerospace, and defense markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels and coils, primarily for use in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles (RVs), truck bodies, truck trailers, with additional applications in commercial and industrial buildings.

SPX Corp Company Profile

SPX Corporation is a global supplier of infrastructure equipment. The Company operates through three segments: HVAC; Detection and Measurement, and Engineered Solutions. The HVAC solutions offered by its businesses include package cooling towers, residential and commercial boilers, heating and ventilation products. Its detection and measurement product lines encompass underground pipe and cable locators, and inspection equipment. Within its power platform, it is a manufacturer of medium and large power transformers, as well as equipment for various types of power plant, including cooling equipment, heat exchangers and pollution control systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in approximately 15 countries.

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