CLARCOR (NYSE: CLC) and Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.
CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. CLARCOR pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Roper Technologies pays out 21.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. CLARCOR has increased its dividend for 52 consecutive years and Roper Technologies has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years. CLARCOR is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
This table compares CLARCOR and Roper Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for CLARCOR and Roper Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
CLARCOR presently has a consensus price target of $73.50, suggesting a potential downside of 11.45%. Roper Technologies has a consensus price target of $240.60, suggesting a potential upside of 2.60%. Given Roper Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Roper Technologies is more favorable than CLARCOR.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
86.9% of CLARCOR shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.9% of Roper Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CLARCOR shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Risk and Volatility
CLARCOR has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Roper Technologies has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares CLARCOR and Roper Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Roper Technologies||$4.18 billion||5.72||$1.41 billion||$6.68||35.11|
Roper Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than CLARCOR. CLARCOR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Roper Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Roper Technologies beats CLARCOR on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
CLARCOR Inc. is engaged in providing filtration products, filtration systems and services, and consumer and industrial packaging products. The Company’s segments are Engine/Mobile Filtration and Industrial/Environmental Filtration. Its Engine/Mobile Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products for on-road and off-road mobile and stationary applications. Its Industrial/Environmental Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products used in industrial and commercial processes, and in buildings and infrastructures of various types. Its liquid process filtration products include specialty industrial process liquid filters; filters for pharmaceutical processes and beverages; filtration systems, filters and coalescers for the oil and natural gas industry; filtration systems for aircraft refueling, anti-pollution, sewage treatment and water recycling; bilge water separators, and sand control filters for oil and gas drilling.
About Roper Technologies
Roper Technologies, Inc. is a technology company. The Company operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products and solutions for various end markets, including healthcare, transportation, commercial construction, food, energy, water, education and academic research. The Company operates in four segments: Medical & Scientific Imaging, which offers products and software in medical applications, and digital imaging products; RF Technology, which provides radio frequency identification (RFID) communication technology and software solutions; Industrial Technology, which produces fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering equipment, and Energy Systems & Controls, which produces control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions.
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