SPX Flow (NYSE:FLOW) and WSI Industries (NASDAQ:WSCI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares SPX Flow and WSI Industries’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|SPX Flow||$1.95 billion||0.88||$46.40 million||$1.27||31.65|
|WSI Industries||$34.60 million||0.60||$850,000.00||N/A||N/A|
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for SPX Flow and WSI Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
SPX Flow presently has a consensus price target of $49.63, suggesting a potential upside of 23.48%. Given SPX Flow’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe SPX Flow is more favorable than WSI Industries.
Risk and Volatility
SPX Flow has a beta of 2.42, meaning that its stock price is 142% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WSI Industries has a beta of 0.16, meaning that its stock price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500.
WSI Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. SPX Flow does not pay a dividend.
This table compares SPX Flow and WSI Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
86.5% of SPX Flow shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.1% of WSI Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of SPX Flow shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of WSI Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
SPX Flow beats WSI Industries on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About SPX Flow
SPX FLOW, Inc. provides various engineered solutions worldwide. The company engineers, designs, manufactures, and markets products and solutions used to process, blend, filter, dry, meter, and transport fluids with a focus on original equipment installation, including turn-key systems, modular systems, and components, as well as aftermarket components and support services. It operates through three segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. The Food and Beverage segment offers mixing, drying, evaporation, and separation systems and components; heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies; and turn-key systems primarily under the Anhydro, APV, Bran+Luebbe, Gerstenberg Schroeder, LIGHTNIN, Seital, and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell brands. The Power and Energy segment provides pumps, valves, and related accessories primarily for customers in oil and gas, and nuclear and other conventional power industries under the APV, Bran+Luebbe, ClydeUnion Pumps, Copes-Vulcan, Dollinger Filtration, LIGHTNIN, M&J Valve, Plenty, and Vokes brands. The Industrial segment offers air dryers, filtration equipment, mixers, pumps, hydraulic technologies, and heat exchangers under the Airpel, APV, Bolting Systems, Delair, Deltech, Hankison, Jemaco, Johnson Pump, LIGHTNIN, Power Team, and Stone brands. This segment primarily serves customers in chemical, air treatment, mining, pharmaceutical, marine, shipbuilding, infrastructure construction, general industrial, and water treatment industries. SPX FLOW, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
About WSI Industries
WSI Industries, Inc. engages in the precision contract metal machining business in the United States. It manufactures metal components in medium to high volumes in accordance with customer specifications. The company serves aerospace/avionics/defense industries, recreational power sports vehicles, markets, energy industry, automotive industry, and bioscience industry. WSI Industries, Inc. was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Monticello, Minnesota.
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