Watsco (NYSE: WSO.B) and Lennox International (NYSE:LII) are both mid-cap construction companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitabiliy, dividends and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Watsco and Lennox International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Watsco N/A N/A N/A $5.12 N/A
Lennox International $3.72 billion 2.12 $530.80 million $6.77 27.24

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Watsco and Lennox International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Watsco 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lennox International 1 6 2 0 2.11

Lennox International has a consensus price target of $176.17, indicating a potential downside of 4.48%.

Profitability

This table compares Watsco and Lennox International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Watsco 4.13% 13.81% 8.94%
Lennox International 7.97% 1,371.49% 16.58%

Risk & Volatility

Watsco has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lennox International has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Watsco shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.4% of Lennox International shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.5% of Watsco shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Lennox International 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.

Dividends

Watsco pays an annual dividend of $5.00 per share. Lennox International pays an annual dividend of $2.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Watsco pays out 97.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Lennox International pays out 30.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Watsco has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Lennox International is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Lennox International beats Watsco on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Watsco Company Profile

Watsco, Inc. is a distributor of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment, and related parts and supplies (HVAC/R) in the HVAC/R distribution industry in North America. As of December 31, 2016, the Company sold a range of non-equipment products, representing more than 300,000 stock keeping units, including parts, ductwork, air movement products, insulation, tools, installation supplies, thermostats and air quality products. It distributes products consisting of equipment, including residential ducted and ductless air conditioners ranging from 1 to 5 tons, gas, electric and oil furnaces ranging from 50,000 to 150,000 British Thermal Units, commercial air conditioning and heating equipment and systems ranging from 1.5 to 25 tons and other specialized equipment; parts, including replacement compressors and motors, and supplies, including ductwork, grills, registers, sheet metal, adhesives and other ancillary supplies. It also sells products to the refrigeration market.

Lennox International Company Profile

Lennox International Inc. is a provider of climate control solutions. The Company designs, manufactures and markets a range of products for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) markets. It operates through three segments: Residential Heating & Cooling; Commercial Heating & Cooling, and Refrigeration. It manufactures and markets a range of furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, packaged heating and cooling systems, equipment and accessories to manage indoor air quality, comfort control products, replacement parts and supplies and related products for both the residential replacement and new construction markets in North America. It manufactures and sells unitary heating and cooling equipment used in light commercial applications, such as low-rise office buildings, restaurants, retail centers, churches and schools. It manufactures and markets equipment for the global commercial refrigeration markets under the Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration name.

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