3M (NYSE: MMM) and Honeywell International (NYSE:HON) are both large-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares 3M and Honeywell International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
3M 17.65% 47.83% 16.07%
Honeywell International 12.68% 26.60% 9.75%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for 3M and Honeywell International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
3M 2 4 6 0 2.33
Honeywell International 0 1 15 0 2.94

3M currently has a consensus price target of $201.50, indicating a potential downside of 2.86%. Honeywell International has a consensus price target of $138.80, indicating a potential downside of 0.12%. Given Honeywell International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Honeywell International is more favorable than 3M.

Dividends

3M pays an annual dividend of $4.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Honeywell International pays an annual dividend of $2.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. 3M pays out 53.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Honeywell International pays out 41.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. 3M has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years and Honeywell International has increased its dividend for 58 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

3M has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Honeywell International has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares 3M and Honeywell International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
3M $30.53 billion 4.05 $8.53 billion $8.77 23.65
Honeywell International $39.36 billion 2.69 $7.85 billion $6.45 21.54

3M has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Honeywell International. Honeywell International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than 3M, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.8% of 3M shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.4% of Honeywell International shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of 3M shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Honeywell International shares are held 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

3M beats Honeywell International on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

3M Company Profile

3M Company is a technology company. It operates through five segments. The Industrial segment serves a range of markets, such as automotive original equipment manufacturer and automotive aftermarket, electronics, appliance, paper and printing, packaging, food and beverage, and construction. The Safety and Graphics segment serves a range of markets for the safety, security and productivity of people, facilities and systems. The Health Care segment serves markets that include medical clinics and hospitals, pharmaceuticals, health information systems, and food manufacturing and testing. The Electronics and Energy segment serves customers in electronics and energy markets, including solutions for the performance of electronic devices; electrical products, including infrastructure protection, and power generation and distribution. The Consumer segment serves markets that include consumer retail, office business to business, home improvement, drug and pharmacy retail, and other markets.

Honeywell International Company Profile

Honeywell International Inc. is a technology and manufacturing company. The Company operates through four segments: Aerospace, Home and Building Technologies, Performance Materials and Technologies, and Safety and Productivity Solutions. The Company’s Aerospace segment supplies products, software and services for aircraft and vehicles that it sells to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers. The Home and Building Technologies segment provides products, software, solutions and technologies that help owners of homes stay connected and in control of their comfort, security and energy use. The Performance Materials and Technologies segment is engaged in developing and manufacturing materials, process technologies and automation solutions. The Safety and Productivity Solutions segment is engaged in providing products, software and connected solutions to customers that manage productivity, workplace safety and asset performance.

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