Chart Industries (NASDAQ: GTLS) and Allied Motion Technologies (NASDAQ:AMOT) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, dividends and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.9% of Chart Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.1% of Allied Motion Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Chart Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 30.8% of Allied Motion Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Chart Industries and Allied Motion Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chart Industries 0 6 3 0 2.33
Allied Motion Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Chart Industries currently has a consensus price target of $40.50, suggesting a potential upside of 18.04%. Given Chart Industries’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Chart Industries is more favorable than Allied Motion Technologies.

Dividends

Allied Motion Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Chart Industries does not pay a dividend. Allied Motion Technologies pays out 11.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Chart Industries has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Allied Motion Technologies has a beta of 1.88, suggesting that its share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Chart Industries and Allied Motion Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chart Industries $860.61 million 1.23 $68.59 million $0.37 92.73
Allied Motion Technologies $238.07 million 1.00 $26.42 million $0.88 28.63

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

Profitability

This table compares Chart Industries and Allied Motion Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chart Industries 1.35% 3.28% 1.89%
Allied Motion Technologies 3.41% 10.65% 4.45%

Summary

Chart Industries beats Allied Motion Technologies on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Chart Industries Company Profile

Chart Industries, Inc. is a diversified global manufacturer of engineered equipment, packaged solutions, and value-add services used throughout the industrial gas, energy and biomedical industries. The Company operates through three business segments: Energy & Chemicals (E&C), Distribution & Storage (D&S) and BioMedical. The E&C and D&S segments manufacture products used in energy-related and industrial applications, such as the separation, liquefaction, distribution and storage of hydrocarbon and industrial gases. Through the BioMedical segment, it manufactures and supplies medical devices, including cryogenic and non-cryogenic equipment, used in respiratory healthcare. The Company also manufactures and supplies products for life sciences, including biological research and animal breeding. Applications in the BioMedical segment include Respiratory Therapy, Life Sciences, Commercial Oxygen and Nitrogen Generation.

Allied Motion Technologies Company Profile

Allied Motion Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures and sells precision and specialty motion control components and systems used in a range of industries. The Company serves various markets, including vehicle, medical, aerospace and defense, electronics and industrial. It focuses on motion control applications. It is engaged in developing electro-magnetic, mechanical and electronic motion technology. It operates in the design and manufacture of motion control products, marketed to original equipment manufacturers and end users segment. Its products are used in the handling, inspection, and testing of components and final products, such as printers, tunable lasers and spectrum analyzers for the fiber optic industry, and test and processing equipment for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Its products are used in a range of medical, industrial and commercial aviation applications, such as dialysis equipment, industrial ink jet printers and cash dispensers.

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