Head-To-Head Contrast: Crawford United (OTCMKTS:CRAWA) and MKS Instruments (OTCMKTS:MKSI)

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Crawford United (OTCMKTS:CRAWA) and MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

MKS Instruments pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Crawford United does not pay a dividend. MKS Instruments pays out 10.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. MKS Instruments has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Crawford United and MKS Instruments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crawford United 7.36% 46.49% 11.45%
MKS Instruments 11.41% 16.34% 10.30%

Risk & Volatility

Crawford United has a beta of 0.31, suggesting that its share price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MKS Instruments has a beta of 1.46, suggesting that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Crawford United and MKS Instruments, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crawford United 0 0 0 0 N/A
MKS Instruments 0 0 8 0 3.00

MKS Instruments has a consensus price target of $114.38, indicating a potential upside of 22.34%. Given MKS Instruments’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe MKS Instruments is more favorable than Crawford United.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.0% of MKS Instruments shares are owned by institutional investors. 71.9% of Crawford United shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of MKS Instruments shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Crawford United and MKS Instruments’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crawford United $66.38 million 0.79 $3.61 million $1.52 12.50
MKS Instruments $2.08 billion 2.45 $392.90 million $7.83 11.94

MKS Instruments has higher revenue and earnings than Crawford United. MKS Instruments is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crawford United, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

MKS Instruments beats Crawford United on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crawford United Company Profile

Crawford United Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in aerospace components, commercial air handling, and industrial hose businesses in the United States. The Aerospace Components segment manufactures precision components primarily for customers in the aerospace industry. This segment provides complete end-to-end engineering, machining, grinding, welding, brazing, heat treat, and assembly solutions. The Commercial Air Handling segment designs, manufactures, and installs large-scale commercial, institutional, and industrial custom air handling solutions. Its customers include health care, education, pharmaceutical, and industrial manufacturing markets. This segment also designs, manufactures, and installs custom air handling equipment under the FactoryBilt and SiteBilt brand names. The Industrial Hose segment manufactures and sells flexible interlocking metal hoses primarily to heavy-duty truck manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers, as well as to the agricultural, industrial, and petrochemical markets; and distributes silicone and hydraulic hoses to agriculture and general industrial markets. The company also exports its products to Australia, Canada, England, Mexico, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Hickok Incorporated and changed its name to Crawford United Corporation in May 2019. Crawford United Corporation was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

MKS Instruments Company Profile

MKS Instruments, Inc. provides instruments, subsystems, and process control solutions that measure, monitor, deliver, analyze, power, and control critical parameters of manufacturing processes worldwide. It operates through two segments, Vacuum and Analysis, and Light and Motion. The Vacuum and Analysis segment offers analytical and control solutions, including gas analyzers, automation control products, I/O modules, automation software, and precision machined components and electromechanical assemblies; direct and indirect pressure measurement and integrated process solutions; and materials delivery solutions comprising flow and valve technologies, as well as integrated pressure measurement and control subsystems to provide customers with control capabilities that are optimized for a given application. It also provides delivery, plasma, and reactive gas generation products used in semiconductor and other thin film applications, and medical imaging equipment applications. The Light and Motion segment offers lasers and laser-based systems, such as amplifiers, fiber lasers, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, high-energy pulsed lasers, and tunable lasers, as well as accessories; optics products comprising precision optics, thin-film filters and coatings, replicated mirrors, and ruled and holographic diffraction gratings; and photonics products comprising optical components, lens assemblies, and vibration isolation solutions, as well as three-dimensional non-contact measurement sensors and equipment. It also designs, develops, and manufactures subsystems and subassemblies. The company markets and sells its products and services through its direct sales organization, an international network of independent distributors, and sales representatives, as well as through its Websites and product catalogs. MKS Instruments, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts.

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