Hubbell (NYSE: HUBB) and FARO Technologies (NASDAQ:FARO) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Hubbell and FARO Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hubbell 0 3 1 0 2.25
FARO Technologies 0 0 4 0 3.00

Hubbell currently has a consensus price target of $117.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.39%. FARO Technologies has a consensus price target of $40.67, indicating a potential upside of 7.58%. Given FARO Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe FARO Technologies is more favorable than Hubbell.

Risk and Volatility

Hubbell has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FARO Technologies has a beta of 1.3, indicating that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Hubbell pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. FARO Technologies does not pay a dividend. Hubbell pays out 52.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Hubbell and FARO Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hubbell 8.37% 19.96% 9.18%
FARO Technologies 1.98% 1.92% 1.54%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.4% of Hubbell shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.5% of FARO Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Hubbell shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of FARO Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hubbell and FARO Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hubbell $3.52 billion 1.79 $605.20 million $5.30 21.56
FARO Technologies $331.40 million 1.90 $21.45 million $0.39 96.93

Hubbell has higher revenue and earnings than FARO Technologies. Hubbell is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than FARO Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

FARO Technologies beats Hubbell on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hubbell Company Profile

Hubbell Incorporated is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of electrical and electronic products for a range of non-residential and residential construction, industrial and utility applications. The Company’s segments include Electrical and the Power. The Electrical segment consists of businesses that sell stock and custom products, including standard and special application wiring device products, rough-in electrical products, lighting fixtures and controls, components and assemblies for the natural gas distribution market, as well as other electrical equipment. In addition, certain businesses design and manufacture a range of high voltage test and measurement equipment, industrial controls and communication systems used in the non-residential and industrial markets. The Power segment consists of operations that design and manufacture various distribution, transmission, substation and telecommunications products primarily used by the electrical utility industry.

FARO Technologies Company Profile

FARO Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets and supports software driven, three-dimensional (3D) measurement, imaging and realization systems. The Company operates in three segments: Factory Metrology, Construction BIM-CIM and Other. It sells its products through a direct sales force across customers in a range of manufacturing, industrial, architecture, surveying, building construction and law enforcement applications. Its FaroArm, FARO Laser ScanArm, FARO Gage, FARO Laser Tracker, FARO Cobalt Array 3D Imager AMP, and their companion CAM2 software provide for Computer-Aided Design-based inspection and/or factory-level statistical process control and surveying. It operates in international markets throughout the world and maintain sales offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

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