Newport Corp (NASDAQ: NEWP) and Crane (NYSE:CR) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.6% of Crane shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Crane shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Crane pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Newport Corp does not pay a dividend. Crane pays out 60.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Newport Corp and Crane’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Newport Corp 6.37% 10.63% 6.60%
Crane 4.79% 20.57% 7.49%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Newport Corp and Crane, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Newport Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Crane 0 5 6 0 2.55

Crane has a consensus price target of $74.57, indicating a potential downside of 0.76%. Given Crane’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Crane is more favorable than Newport Corp.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Newport Corp and Crane’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Newport Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Crane $2.75 billion 1.63 $482.00 million $2.17 34.63

Crane has higher revenue and earnings than Newport Corp.

Summary

Crane beats Newport Corp on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Newport Corp Company Profile

Newport Corporation is a supplier of technology products and systems. The Company offers its products and services to a range of industries, including scientific research, microelectronics, defense and security, life and health sciences, and industrial markets. The Company operates through three business segments: Photonics Group, which includes photonics instruments and systems, vibration isolation systems and subsystems, precision positioning systems and subsystems, optical components for research applications, optical hardware, and three-dimensional non-contact measurement sensors and equipment; Lasers Group, which offers a portfolio of laser technology products and services, including ultrafast lasers and amplifiers, fiber lasers, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, and high-energy pulsed lasers and tunable lasers, and Optics Group, which offers precision optics and lens assemblies, thin-film filters and coatings, replicated mirrors, and ruled and holographic diffraction gratings.

Crane Company Profile

Crane Co. (Crane) is a manufacturer of engineered industrial products. The Company operates through four segments, including Fluid Handling, Payment & Merchandising Technologies, Aerospace & Electronics, and Engineered Materials. The Fluid Handling segment is a provider of engineered fluid handling equipment, including Process Valves and Related Products, Commercial Valves and Other Products. The Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment includes Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) and Merchandising Systems. The Aerospace & Electronics segment supplies various components and systems, including original equipment and aftermarket parts, primarily for the commercial aerospace and military aerospace, and defense markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels and coils, primarily for use in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles (RVs), truck bodies, truck trailers, with additional applications in commercial and industrial buildings.

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