ESCO Technologies (NYSE: ESE) and BTU International (NASDAQ:BTUI) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares ESCO Technologies and BTU International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ESCO Technologies 8.29% 8.42% 5.13%
BTU International N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for ESCO Technologies and BTU International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ESCO Technologies 0 1 3 0 2.75
BTU International 0 0 0 0 N/A

ESCO Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $57.67, suggesting a potential downside of 5.62%. Given ESCO Technologies’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe ESCO Technologies is more favorable than BTU International.

Dividends

ESCO Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. BTU International does not pay a dividend. ESCO Technologies pays out 16.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ESCO Technologies and BTU International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ESCO Technologies $607.24 million 2.60 $105.50 million $1.93 31.66
BTU International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

ESCO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than BTU International.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.4% of ESCO Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of ESCO Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

ESCO Technologies beats BTU International on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ESCO Technologies

ESCO Technologies Inc. (ESCO) is a producer of engineered products and systems sold to customers for utility, industrial, aerospace and commercial applications. The Company operates through four segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test), Utility Solutions Group (USG) and Technical Packaging. The filtration segment’s activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Crissair, Inc. (Crissair), PTI Technologies Inc. (PTI), VACCO Industries (VACCO) and Westland Technologies Inc. (Westland). The Test segment activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Beijing Lindgren ElectronMagnetic Technology Co., Ltd., ETS-Lindgren Inc. and ETS-Lindgren OY. The USG segment activities are managed by its subsidiaries, including Doble Engineering Company, Doble PowerTest Ltd and Doble TransiNor AS. The technical packaging activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Thermoform Engineered Quality LLC (TEQ), Plastique Limited and Plastique Sp. z o.o.

About BTU International

BTU International, Inc. (BTU) is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling and servicing of thermal processing equipment and related process controls for use in the electronics, alternative energy, automotive and other industries. The Company operates as a single business segment called Thermal Processing Capital Equipment. It is engaged in the supply of solder reflow systems used for surface mount applications in printed circuit board assembly. The Company’s thermal processing equipment is used in low temperature curing/encapsulation, hybrid integrated circuit manufacturing, integrated circuit packaging and sealing, and processing multi-chip modules. In addition, the equipment is used for solar cell processing, sintering nuclear fuel for commercial power generation, as well as brazing and the sintering of ceramics and powdered metals. Its alternative energy business addresses two markets, the manufacturing of solar cells and nuclear fuels.

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