Watts Water Technologies (NYSE: WTS) and Ichor Holdings (NASDAQ:ICHR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Watts Water Technologies and Ichor Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Watts Water Technologies 0 3 0 0 2.00
Ichor Holdings 0 0 5 0 3.00

Watts Water Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $64.50, indicating a potential upside of 2.46%. Ichor Holdings has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 13.64%. Given Ichor Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ichor Holdings is more favorable than Watts Water Technologies.

Dividends

Watts Water Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Ichor Holdings does not pay a dividend. Watts Water Technologies pays out 29.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ichor Holdings has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.2% of Watts Water Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.2% of Ichor Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Watts Water Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Watts Water Technologies and Ichor Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Watts Water Technologies $1.40 billion 1.54 $196.00 million $2.60 24.21
Ichor Holdings $405.75 million 1.24 $33.37 million N/A N/A

Watts Water Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Ichor Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Watts Water Technologies and Ichor Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Watts Water Technologies 6.40% 12.75% 5.42%
Ichor Holdings N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Watts Water Technologies beats Ichor Holdings on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Watts Water Technologies Company Profile

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. is a supplier of products and solutions that manage and conserve the flow of fluids and energy into, through and out of buildings in the residential and commercial markets. The Company, through its subsidiary, Watts Regulator Co., is engaged in manufacturing products and systems focused on the control, conservation and quality of water, and safety of the people using it. Its segments include Americas, Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific. It four product lines include: residential and commercial flow control products, which include products for plumbing and hot water applications; heating, ventilation and air conditioning and gas products, which include boilers, water heaters and heating solutions; drainage and water re-use products, which include drainage products and engineered rain water harvesting solutions, and water quality products, which include point-of-use and point-of-entry water filtration, conditioning and scale prevention systems.

Ichor Holdings Company Profile

Ichor Holdings, Ltd. is engaged in the design, engineering and manufacturing of critical fluid delivery subsystems for semiconductor capital equipment. The Company’s primary offerings include gas and chemical delivery subsystems, collectively known as fluid delivery subsystems, which are key elements of the process tools used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices. The Company’s gas delivery subsystems deliver, monitor and control precise quantities of the specialized gases used in semiconductor manufacturing processes, such as etch and deposition. Its chemical delivery subsystems precisely blend and dispense the reactive liquid chemistries used in semiconductor manufacturing processes, such as chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) electroplating and cleaning. The Company also manufactures certain components for internal use in fluid delivery systems and for direct sales to its customers.

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