Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP) and Gardner Denver Holdings (NYSE:GDI) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Roper Technologies and Gardner Denver Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Roper Technologies 16.44% 13.66% 6.07%
Gardner Denver Holdings N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.7% of Roper Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.9% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Gardner Denver Holdings does not pay a dividend. Roper Technologies pays out 21.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Roper Technologies has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Roper Technologies and Gardner Denver Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Roper Technologies $4.18 billion 5.72 $1.41 billion $6.68 35.02
Gardner Denver Holdings $2.10 billion 2.11 $214.25 million N/A N/A

Roper Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Gardner Denver Holdings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Roper Technologies and Gardner Denver Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Roper Technologies 0 2 7 0 2.78
Gardner Denver Holdings 0 1 8 0 2.89

Roper Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $240.60, suggesting a potential upside of 2.84%. Gardner Denver Holdings has a consensus target price of $27.00, suggesting a potential upside of 19.52%. Given Gardner Denver Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Gardner Denver Holdings is more favorable than Roper Technologies.

Summary

Roper Technologies beats Gardner Denver Holdings on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Roper Technologies

Roper Technologies, Inc. is a technology company. The Company operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products and solutions for various end markets, including healthcare, transportation, commercial construction, food, energy, water, education and academic research. The Company operates in four segments: Medical & Scientific Imaging, which offers products and software in medical applications, and digital imaging products; RF Technology, which provides radio frequency identification (RFID) communication technology and software solutions; Industrial Technology, which produces fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering equipment, and Energy Systems & Controls, which produces control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions.

About Gardner Denver Holdings

Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc. is a global provider of mission-critical flow control and compression equipments and associated aftermarket parts, consumables and services. The Company operates through three business segments: Industry, Energy and Medical. Industry segment designs, manufactures, markets and services a range of air compression, vacuum and blower products. Energy segment supplies positive displacement pumps, liquid ring vacuum pumps, compressors and integrated systems, engineered fluid loading and transfer equipment and associated aftermarket parts. Medical segment designs, manufactures and supplies medical equipment, laboratory vacuum and automated liquid handling end-markets The Company’s products are sold under a range of brands namely Gardner Denver, CompAir, Nash, Emco Wheaton, Robuschi, Elmo Rietschle and Thomas.

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