Twin Disc, (NASDAQ: TWIN) and ABB (NYSE:ABB) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Twin Disc, has a beta of 1.61, meaning that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ABB has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Twin Disc, and ABB, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Twin Disc, 0 1 0 0 2.00
ABB 2 6 5 0 2.23

Twin Disc, presently has a consensus price target of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 37.38%. ABB has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.90%. Given Twin Disc,’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Twin Disc, is more favorable than ABB.

Dividends

ABB pays an annual dividend of $0.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Twin Disc, does not pay a dividend. ABB pays out 67.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ABB has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

45.8% of Twin Disc, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.1% of ABB shares are held by institutional investors. 26.8% of Twin Disc, shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Twin Disc, and ABB’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Twin Disc, $168.18 million 1.20 $2.48 million ($0.56) -31.20
ABB $33.56 billion 1.48 $4.26 billion $1.08 21.49

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

Profitability

This table compares Twin Disc, and ABB’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Twin Disc, -3.74% -5.15% -2.77%
ABB 6.87% 18.62% 6.55%

Summary

ABB beats Twin Disc, on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Twin Disc,

Twin Disc, Incorporated designs, manufactures and sells marine and heavy duty off-highway power transmission equipment. The Company operates through two segments: manufacturing and distribution. Its products include marine transmissions, surface drives, propellers and boat management systems, as well as power-shift transmissions, hydraulic torque converters, power take-offs, industrial clutches and controls systems. Its industrial products include clutches and pump drives sold to the agriculture, recycling, construction, and oil and gas markets. Its land-based transmission products include applications for oilfield and natural gas, military, and airport rescue and firefighting. Its marine and propulsion systems include marine transmission, controls, surface drives, propellers and boat management systems for the commercial, pleasure craft and patrol boat markets. Its other products include non-Company manufactured product sold through Company-owned distribution entities.

About ABB

ABB Ltd (ABB) is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Electrification Products, Robotics and Motion, Industrial Automation, Power Grids, and Corporate and Other. It operates through four divisions: Electrification Products, Robotics and Motion, Industrial Automation and Power Grids. It is engaged in serving customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure. The Electrification Products segment manufactures and sells products and services including low and medium-voltage switchgear, breakers, switches and control products. The Robotics and Motion segment manufactures and sells motors, generators, variable speed drives and robots and robotics. The Industrial Automation segment develops and sells control and plant optimization systems, and automation products and solutions. The Power Grids segment supplies power and automation products, systems, and service and software solutions.

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