Pall (NYSE: PLL) and Hillenbrand (NYSE:HI) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Pall and Hillenbrand, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pall 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hillenbrand 0 1 1 0 2.50

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pall and Hillenbrand’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pall N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hillenbrand $1.55 billion 1.46 $272.30 million $1.90 18.97

Hillenbrand has higher revenue and earnings than Pall.

Dividends

Hillenbrand pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Pall does not pay a dividend. Hillenbrand pays out 43.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Pall has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years and Hillenbrand has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Pall and Hillenbrand’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pall 14.12% 24.23% 10.41%
Hillenbrand 7.85% 20.27% 6.88%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.0% of Hillenbrand shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Hillenbrand shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Pall Company Profile

Pall Corporation is a filtration, separation and purification company. The Company is a supplier of filtration, separation and purification technologies, principally made by the Company using its engineering capability and fluid management, filter media, and other fluid clarification and separations equipment for the removal of solid, liquid and gaseous contaminants from a variety of liquids and gases. The Company serves customers through two businesses globally: Life Sciences and Industrial. The Life Sciences business group is focused on developing, manufacturing and selling products to customers in the Medical, BioPharmaceuticals and Food & Beverage markets. The Industrial business group is focused on developing, manufacturing and selling products to customers in the Process Technologies, Aerospace and Microelectronics markets.

Hillenbrand Company Profile

Hillenbrand, Inc. is a diversified industrial company with multiple brands that serve a range of industries across the globe. The Company operates in two segments: the Process Equipment Group and Batesville. The Process Equipment Group businesses design, develop, manufacture and service engineered industrial equipment throughout the world. The Process Equipment Group segment is a provider of compounding, extrusion and material handling; size reduction; screening and separating, and flow control products and services for a range of manufacturing and other industrial processes. It offers equipment for industries, including plastics, chemicals, fertilizers and mining. Its Batesville segment operates in the North American death care industry, and manufactures and sells funeral service products, including burial caskets, cremation caskets, containers and urns, selection room display fixtures, other personalization and memorialization products, and Web-based technology applications.

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