Graco (NYSE: GGG) and Gorman-Rupp (NYSE:GRC) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

Graco pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Gorman-Rupp pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Graco pays out 75.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Gorman-Rupp pays out 55.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Graco has raised its dividend for 12 consecutive years and Gorman-Rupp has raised its dividend for 44 consecutive years. Gorman-Rupp is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility and Risk

Graco has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gorman-Rupp has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Graco and Gorman-Rupp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Graco $1.33 billion 5.43 $40.67 million $1.90 67.74
Gorman-Rupp $382.07 million 2.20 $24.88 million $0.90 35.81

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Graco and Gorman-Rupp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Graco 0 9 0 0 2.00
Gorman-Rupp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Graco currently has a consensus price target of $115.29, suggesting a potential downside of 10.42%. Given Graco’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Graco is more favorable than Gorman-Rupp.

Profitability

This table compares Graco and Gorman-Rupp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Graco 7.72% 42.05% 19.92%
Gorman-Rupp 6.25% 9.72% 7.75%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.3% of Graco shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.8% of Gorman-Rupp shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Graco shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.4% of Gorman-Rupp shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Graco beats Gorman-Rupp on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Graco

Graco Inc. designs, manufactures and markets systems and equipment used to move, measure, control, dispense and spray fluid and powder materials. The Company specializes in equipment for applications that involve materials with viscosities, materials with abrasive or corrosive properties, and multiple-component materials that require ratio control. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial, Process and Contractor. The Industrial segment markets equipment and pre-engineered packages for moving and applying paints, coatings, sealants, adhesives and other fluids. The Process segment markets pumps, valves, meters and accessories to move and dispense chemicals, oil and natural gas, water, wastewater, petroleum, food, lubricants and other fluids. The Contractor segment markets sprayers for architectural coatings for painting, corrosion control, texture and line striping. Its equipment is used in the manufacturing, processing, construction and maintenance industries.

About Gorman-Rupp

The Gorman-Rupp Company designs, manufactures and sells pumps and pump systems. The Company offers its products for use in dewatering; petroleum original equipment; agriculture; fire protection; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; military, and other liquid-handling applications. The Company operates in the manufacture and international sale of pumps and pump systems segment. The Company produces various types of pumps, which include self-priming centrifugal, standard centrifugal, magnetic drive centrifugal, axial and mixed flow, vertical turbine line shaft, submersible, high pressure booster, rotary gear, diaphragm, bellows and oscillating. Its larger pumps are sold for use in the construction, industrial, water and wastewater handling fields; for flood control; for improving low residential water pressure, and for pumping refined petroleum products, including the ground refueling of aircraft, and for various agricultural purposes.

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