ABB (NYSE: ABB) and Twin Disc, (NASDAQ:TWIN) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares ABB and Twin Disc,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ABB 6.87% 18.62% 6.55%
Twin Disc, -8.25% -6.28% -3.39%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for ABB and Twin Disc,, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ABB 2 6 5 0 2.23
Twin Disc, 0 1 0 0 2.00

ABB presently has a consensus target price of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.00%. Twin Disc, has a consensus target price of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 36.60%. Given Twin Disc,’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Twin Disc, is more favorable than ABB.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ABB and Twin Disc,’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ABB $33.56 billion 1.50 $4.26 billion $1.08 21.73
Twin Disc, $157.24 million 1.29 -$1.80 million ($1.15) -15.28

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

Volatility & Risk

ABB has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Twin Disc, has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

ABB pays an annual dividend of $0.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Twin Disc, does not pay a dividend. ABB pays out 67.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ABB has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.1% of ABB shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.5% of Twin Disc, shares are held by institutional investors. 26.8% of Twin Disc, shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

ABB beats Twin Disc, on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ABB

ABB Ltd (ABB) is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Electrification Products, Robotics and Motion, Industrial Automation, Power Grids, and Corporate and Other. It operates through four divisions: Electrification Products, Robotics and Motion, Industrial Automation and Power Grids. It is engaged in serving customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure. The Electrification Products segment manufactures and sells products and services including low and medium-voltage switchgear, breakers, switches and control products. The Robotics and Motion segment manufactures and sells motors, generators, variable speed drives and robots and robotics. The Industrial Automation segment develops and sells control and plant optimization systems, and automation products and solutions. The Power Grids segment supplies power and automation products, systems, and service and software solutions.

About Twin Disc,

Twin Disc, Incorporated designs, manufactures and sells marine and heavy duty off-highway power transmission equipment. The Company operates through two segments: manufacturing and distribution. Its products include marine transmissions, surface drives, propellers and boat management systems, as well as power-shift transmissions, hydraulic torque converters, power take-offs, industrial clutches and controls systems. Its industrial products include clutches and pump drives sold to the agriculture, recycling, construction, and oil and gas markets. Its land-based transmission products include applications for oilfield and natural gas, military, and airport rescue and firefighting. Its marine and propulsion systems include marine transmission, controls, surface drives, propellers and boat management systems for the commercial, pleasure craft and patrol boat markets. Its other products include non-Company manufactured product sold through Company-owned distribution entities.

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