Financial Contrast: Crane (CR) versus ARC Group WorldWide (ARCW)

Crane (NYSE: CR) and ARC Group WorldWide (NASDAQ:ARCW) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Dividends

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Crane pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. ARC Group WorldWide does not pay a dividend. Crane pays out 30.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Crane and ARC Group WorldWide’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crane $2.79 billion 1.93 $171.80 million $4.53 19.92
ARC Group WorldWide $99.07 million 0.38 -$10.19 million ($0.19) -10.79

Crane has higher revenue and earnings than ARC Group WorldWide. ARC Group WorldWide is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crane, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Crane and ARC Group WorldWide’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crane 6.17% 20.66% 7.72%
ARC Group WorldWide -24.38% -30.37% -10.51%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Crane and ARC Group WorldWide, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crane 0 3 10 0 2.77
ARC Group WorldWide 0 1 0 0 2.00

Crane currently has a consensus price target of $108.50, indicating a potential upside of 20.25%. ARC Group WorldWide has a consensus price target of $4.50, indicating a potential upside of 119.51%. Given ARC Group WorldWide’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ARC Group WorldWide is more favorable than Crane.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.4% of Crane shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.0% of ARC Group WorldWide shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Crane shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of ARC Group WorldWide shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Crane has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ARC Group WorldWide has a beta of 3.25, suggesting that its share price is 225% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Crane beats ARC Group WorldWide on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crane

Crane Co. (Crane) is a manufacturer of engineered industrial products. The Company operates through four segments, including Fluid Handling, Payment & Merchandising Technologies, Aerospace & Electronics, and Engineered Materials. The Fluid Handling segment is a provider of engineered fluid handling equipment, including Process Valves and Related Products, Commercial Valves and Other Products. The Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment includes Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) and Merchandising Systems. The Aerospace & Electronics segment supplies various components and systems, including original equipment and aftermarket parts, primarily for the commercial aerospace and military aerospace, and defense markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels and coils, primarily for use in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles (RVs), truck bodies, truck trailers, with additional applications in commercial and industrial buildings.

About ARC Group WorldWide

ARC Group Worldwide, Inc. is a manufacturing company. The Company has two segments: Precision Components Group, 3DMT Group. It provides a set of manufacturing solutions, from design and prototyping through production. Through the Company’s product offering, it provides its customers with a prototyping and production solution for both precision metal and plastic fabrication. The Precision Components Group companies provide fabricated metal components using processes, consisting of metal injection molding, precision metal stamping and hermetic sealing. The 3DMT Group focuses on rapid prototyping, short-run production and rapid tooling.

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