Edwards Group (NASDAQ: EVAC) and Actuant (NYSE:ATU) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Edwards Group and Actuant’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Actuant||$1.10 billion||1.31||-$66.21 million||($1.11)||-21.53|
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Edwards Group and Actuant, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Actuant has a consensus price target of $24.38, suggesting a potential upside of 1.99%.
This table compares Edwards Group and Actuant’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Actuant pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Edwards Group does not pay a dividend. Actuant pays out -3.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Actuant beats Edwards Group on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Edwards Group
Edwards Group Limited (Edwards) a global industrial technology company, is a manufacturer of vacuum products and abatement systems and a provider of related value-added services. The Company sells its products, systems and services across several targeted market sectors, Semiconductor, General Vacuum and Emerging Technologies, each of which contains several sub-sectors. As of December 31, 2011, Edwards operated 11 manufacturing and systemization sites in seven countries. Its vacuum products include a range of dry pumps, turbomolecular pumps and other vacuum pumps. Its abatement systems include customized solutions, which integrate vacuum and exhaust management technologies. Abatement products are used to manage exhaust gases and other process byproducts extracted by dry pumps. Its value-added services include equipment monitoring, repair and overhaul, remanufacturing, service upgrades and provision of spare parts.
Actuant Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes a range of industrial products and systems to various end markets. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Company’s Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Company’s Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil and gas, power generation and other energy markets. The Company’s Engineered Solutions segment provides engineered position and motion control systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as various other products to the industrial and agricultural markets.
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