Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE: AQUA) and CECO Environmental (NASDAQ:CECE) are both industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Evoqua Water Technologies and CECO Environmental’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Evoqua Water Technologies 8.90% 44.93% 6.20%
CECO Environmental -11.47% 11.91% 4.85%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Evoqua Water Technologies and CECO Environmental, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Evoqua Water Technologies 0 4 4 0 2.50
CECO Environmental 0 3 1 0 2.25

Evoqua Water Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $23.88, indicating a potential upside of 2.87%. CECO Environmental has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 137.62%. Given CECO Environmental’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CECO Environmental is more favorable than Evoqua Water Technologies.

Dividends

CECO Environmental pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Evoqua Water Technologies does not pay a dividend. CECO Environmental pays out -23.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Evoqua Water Technologies and CECO Environmental’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Evoqua Water Technologies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
CECO Environmental $417.01 million 0.42 -$38.21 million ($1.26) -4.01

Evoqua Water Technologies has higher earnings, but lower revenue than CECO Environmental.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.5% of CECO Environmental shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.3% of CECO Environmental 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

CECO Environmental beats Evoqua Water Technologies on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Evoqua Water Technologies

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. is focused on providing water treatment solutions. The Company is offering services, systems and technologies to support customers’ full water lifecycle needs. The Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of differentiated, proprietary technology solutions. The Company operates through three segments Industrial, Municipal and Products. Industrial Segment provides fully-integrated systems and service solutions that selectively utilize its comprehensive portfolio of water treatment technologies to satisfy its customers’ unique water needs. Municipal Segment provides engineered solutions and equipment for the treatment of wastewater, purification of drinking water and odor and corrosion control for municipalities. Products Segment sells differentiated technologies to a diverse set of water treatment system specifiers, integrators and end users globally.

About CECO Environmental

CECO Environmental Corp. is a provider of engineered technologies to the environmental, energy, and fluid handling and filtration industrial segments. The Company is focused on engineering, designing, building and installing systems that capture, clean and destroy airborne contaminants from industrial facilities, as well as equipment that controls emissions from such facilities, and fluid handling and filtration systems. Its Environmental segment is engaged in the design and manufacture of product recovery and air pollution control technologies that enable its customers to meet compliance targets for toxic emissions, fumes, volatile organic compounds, process and industrial odors. Its Energy segment provides customized solutions for the power and petrochemical industry. Its Fluid Handling and Filtration segment provides the design and manufacture of pump, filtration and fume exhaust solutions.

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