Lennox International (NYSE: LII) and Thermon Group Holdings (NYSE:THR) are both construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Lennox International and Thermon Group Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lennox International 1 5 2 0 2.13
Thermon Group Holdings 1 0 2 0 2.33

Lennox International currently has a consensus price target of $179.80, suggesting a potential upside of 9.39%. Thermon Group Holdings has a consensus price target of $21.50, suggesting a potential upside of 32.31%. Given Thermon Group Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Thermon Group Holdings is more favorable than Lennox International.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lennox International and Thermon Group Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lennox International $3.80 billion 1.82 $550.10 million $6.95 23.65
Thermon Group Holdings $252.47 million 2.09 $37.57 million $0.38 42.76

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

Dividends

Lennox International pays an annual dividend of $2.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Thermon Group Holdings does not pay a dividend. Lennox International pays out 29.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lennox International has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Lennox International has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Thermon Group Holdings has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Lennox International and Thermon Group Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lennox International 7.92% 1,821.73% 16.81%
Thermon Group Holdings 4.99% 3.88% 2.67%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.5% of Lennox International shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of Lennox International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Thermon Group Holdings shares are owned 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.

Summary

Lennox International beats Thermon Group Holdings on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lennox International

Lennox International Inc. is a provider of climate control solutions. The Company designs, manufactures and markets a range of products for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) markets. It operates through three segments: Residential Heating & Cooling; Commercial Heating & Cooling, and Refrigeration. It manufactures and markets a range of furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, packaged heating and cooling systems, equipment and accessories to manage indoor air quality, comfort control products, replacement parts and supplies and related products for both the residential replacement and new construction markets in North America. It manufactures and sells unitary heating and cooling equipment used in light commercial applications, such as low-rise office buildings, restaurants, retail centers, churches and schools. It manufactures and markets equipment for the global commercial refrigeration markets under the Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration name.

About Thermon Group Holdings

Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. is a provider of engineered thermal solutions for process industries. The Company operates through four segments based on four geographic countries or regions: United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Its product portfolio includes self-regulating and power limiting heating cables, which change heat output as pipe temperature changes, as well as constant wattage heating cables; mineral insulated (MI) cable; skin effect trace heater; heat traced tube bundles for environmental gas sampling systems; heat transfer compounds and steam tracers for steam tracing solutions; control and monitoring systems for electric tracing of pipes, tanks, hoppers and instrument sampling systems; turnkey solutions that provide solutions for heat tracing, including design, optimization, installation and ongoing maintenance; products and services, such as heating, sensing, monitoring, controlling and calibration tools, and temporary electric power distribution and lighting products.

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