Tenaris (NYSE: TS) and CIRCOR International (NYSE:CIR) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

18.7% of Tenaris shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Tenaris shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of CIRCOR International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Tenaris and CIRCOR International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tenaris $4.24 billion 3.94 $678.18 million $0.57 49.69
CIRCOR International $589.51 million 1.39 $56.70 million $0.98 50.83

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

Risk and Volatility

Tenaris has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CIRCOR International has a beta of 1.66, meaning that its stock price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Tenaris and CIRCOR International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tenaris 1 3 7 0 2.55
CIRCOR International 1 0 4 0 2.60

Tenaris presently has a consensus target price of $35.17, indicating a potential upside of 24.18%. CIRCOR International has a consensus target price of $65.00, indicating a potential upside of 30.50%. Given CIRCOR International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CIRCOR International is more favorable than Tenaris.

Dividends

Tenaris pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. CIRCOR International pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Tenaris pays out 196.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. CIRCOR International pays out 15.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Tenaris and CIRCOR International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tenaris 7.35% 2.00% 1.63%
CIRCOR International 2.74% 6.55% 3.49%

About Tenaris

Tenaris S.A. is a holding company, which is a steel producer with production facilities in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, United States and Guatemala. The Company supplies round steel bars and flat steel products for its pipes business. It operates through Tubes business segment. The Tubes segment includes the production and sale of both seamless and welded steel tubular products, and related services primarily for the oil and gas industry, principally oil country tubular goods (OCTG) used in drilling operations, and for other industrial applications with production processes that include in the transformation of steel into tubular products. It operates in geographical areas, such as North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. Its products and services include OCTG, Premium Connections, Rig Direct, Offshore Line Pipe, Onshore Line Pipe, Hydrocarbon Processing, Power Generation, Sucker Rods, Coiled Tubing, Industrial and Mechanical, and Automotive.

About CIRCOR International

CIRCOR International, Inc. (CIRCOR) designs, manufactures and markets engineered products and sub-systems for markets, including oil and gas, aerospace, power and process, and industrial solutions. The Company operates through two segments: CIRCOR Energy (Energy segment (Energy)) and CIRCOR Advanced Flow Solutions (Advanced Flow Solutions segment (AFS)). Energy provides engineered integrated flow control solutions, valves and services primarily in the oil and gas end market. AFS is a flow control technology platform. Energy provides its flow control solutions and services through the brands, including Circle Seal Controls, DeltaValve, Contromatics, Dopak Sampling and others. AFS manufactures and markets control valves, automatic recirculation valves, regulators, fluid controls, actuation systems, landing gear components, pneumatic controls, electro-mechanical controls, and other flow control products and systems. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 19 manufacturing facilities.

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