Evoqua Water Technologies (AQUA) vs. Donaldson (DCI) Critical Survey

Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE: AQUA) and Donaldson (NYSE:DCI) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Evoqua Water Technologies and Donaldson’s 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
Donaldson $2.37 billion 2.67 $232.80 million $1.77 27.59

Donaldson has higher revenue and earnings than Evoqua Water Technologies.


Donaldson pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Evoqua Water Technologies does not pay a dividend. Donaldson pays out 40.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Donaldson has raised its dividend for 32 consecutive years.


This table compares Evoqua Water Technologies and Donaldson’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%
Donaldson 9.57% 28.49% 12.28%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

77.6% of Donaldson shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Donaldson shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Evoqua Water Technologies and Donaldson, 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
Donaldson 0 4 1 0 2.20

Evoqua Water Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $23.88, indicating a potential upside of 0.06%. Donaldson has a consensus target price of $49.75, indicating a potential upside of 1.88%. Given Donaldson’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Donaldson is more favorable than Evoqua Water Technologies.


Donaldson beats Evoqua Water Technologies on 8 of the 12 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 Donaldson

Donaldson Company, Inc. is a manufacturer of filtration systems and replacement parts. The Company’s segments include Engine Products, Industrial Products and Corporate. The Company’s products are manufactured at approximately 44 plants around the world and through three joint ventures. The Company offers its products under the Ultra-Web, PowerCore and Donaldson brands. The Engine Products segment sells its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the construction, mining, agriculture, aerospace, defense and truck end-markets and to independent distributors, OEM dealer networks, private label accounts and large equipment fleets. The Industrial Products segment sells to various industrial dealers, distributors, OEMs of gas-fired turbines and OEMs and end users requiring clean air. Its products include dust, fume and mist collectors, compressed air purification systems, air filtration systems for gas turbines and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane-based products.

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