Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE:AQUA) and Middleby (NASDAQ:MIDD) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Evoqua Water Technologies and Middleby’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Evoqua Water Technologies $1.44 billion 1.52 -$9.52 million $0.16 119.63
Middleby $2.72 billion 2.28 $317.15 million $6.10 18.16

Middleby has higher revenue and earnings than Evoqua Water Technologies. Middleby is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Evoqua Water Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Evoqua Water Technologies and Middleby, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Evoqua Water Technologies 0 3 3 1 2.71
Middleby 0 3 3 1 2.71

Evoqua Water Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $15.86, indicating a potential downside of 17.15%. Middleby has a consensus target price of $144.17, indicating a potential upside of 30.15%. Given Middleby’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Middleby is more favorable than Evoqua Water Technologies.

Risk & Volatility

Evoqua Water Technologies has a beta of 1.73, meaning that its stock price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Middleby has a beta of 1.59, meaning that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Evoqua Water Technologies -0.66% 8.53% 1.82%
Middleby 11.55% 20.81% 7.70%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.3% of Middleby shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Middleby shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Middleby beats Evoqua Water Technologies on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Evoqua Water Technologies Company Profile

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. provides a range of water and wastewater treatment systems and technologies, and mobile and emergency water supply solutions and services. It operates in three segments: Industrial, Municipal, and Products. The Industrial segment offers capital systems and related recurring aftermarket services, parts, and consumables, as well as long-term and short-term service contracts, and emergency services for treating industrial process water, utility water, and wastewater. It serves customers in the hydrocarbon refineries, chemical processing, power, food and beverage, life sciences, health services, and microelectronics industries. The Municipal segment offers engineered solutions and equipment, including ultrafiltration systems, advanced biological treatment, clarifiers, aerators, and odor and corrosion control services; equipment for new municipal plant builds and retrofit; and rehabilitation and aftermarket parts and services for installed bases. Its customers comprise waste water and drinking water collection and distribution systems, and utility operators. The Products segment provides filtration and disinfection, electrodeionization and electrochlorination, and separation technologies, as well as anodes. It serves original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and end users in hotels, resorts, colleges, universities, waterparks, aquariums, and zoos, as well as the municipal, industrial, and commercial industries. The company has operations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, China, and Singapore. Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Middleby Company Profile

The Middleby Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, distributes, and services foodservice, food processing, and residential kitchen equipment in the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. Its Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group segment offers foodservice equipment for quick and full-service restaurants, convenience stores, retail outlets, hotels, and other institutions. This segment provides conveyor, combi, convection, baking, proofing, deck, speed cooking, and hydrovection ovens; ranges, fryers, rethermalizers, heated cabinets, charbroilers, ventless cooking systems, kitchen ventilations, toasters, griddles, grills, mixers, refrigerators, blast chillers, coldrooms, ice machines, and freezers; steam cooking, food warming, catering, induction and countertop cooking equipment, as well as soft serve, ice cream, coffee, and beverage dispensing equipment; and stainless steel fabrication and custom millwork products. The company's Food Processing Equipment Group segment offers processing solutions for customers producing hot dog, dinner sausage, poultry, and lunchmeat, as well as muffin, cookie, and bread products. This segment provides batch, baking, proofing, conveyor, and continuous processing ovens; frying and automated thermal processing systems; grinders, slicers, reduction and emulsion systems, mixers, blenders, water cutting systems, food presses, and automated loading and unloading systems; and various battering and breading, seeding, food suspension and forming, food safety and handling, freezing, defrosting, and packaging equipment. Its Residential Kitchen Equipment Group segment offers kitchen equipment comprising ranges, cookers, stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, cooktops, wine coolers, and ventilation and outdoor equipment. The company was formerly known as Middleby Marshall Oven Company and changed its name to The Middleby Corporation in 1985. The company was founded in 1888 and is based in Elgin, Illinois.

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