Eaton Corporation, PLC (NYSE: ETN) and P10 Industries (NASDAQ:PIOI) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.8% of Eaton Corporation, PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.6% of P10 Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Eaton Corporation, PLC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.0% of P10 Industries shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Eaton Corporation, PLC and P10 Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eaton Corporation, PLC $19.83 billion 1.58 $3.22 billion $4.38 16.10
P10 Industries N/A N/A N/A ($0.47) -0.40

Eaton Corporation, PLC has higher revenue and earnings than P10 Industries. P10 Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Eaton Corporation, PLC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Eaton Corporation, PLC and P10 Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eaton Corporation, PLC 9.95% 12.93% 6.40%
P10 Industries N/A 621.72% 182.03%

Volatility & Risk

Eaton Corporation, PLC has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, P10 Industries has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Eaton Corporation, PLC and P10 Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eaton Corporation, PLC 2 9 7 0 2.28
P10 Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Eaton Corporation, PLC currently has a consensus price target of $79.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.02%. Given Eaton Corporation, PLC’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Eaton Corporation, PLC is more favorable than P10 Industries.

Dividends

Eaton Corporation, PLC pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. P10 Industries does not pay a dividend. Eaton Corporation, PLC pays out 54.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Eaton Corporation, PLC has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Summary

Eaton Corporation, PLC beats P10 Industries on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Eaton Corporation, PLC

Eaton Corporation (Eaton) is a diversified power management company. It is engaged in the manufacturing of electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use, and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. On January 1, 2011, it closed the acquisition of the Tuthill Coupling Group, which is a division of the Tuthill Corporation. It has five segments: Electrical Americas and Electrical Rest of World; Hydraulics; Aerospace; Truck, and Automotive. On October 1, 2010, it acquired CopperLogic, Inc. On July 15, 2010, it acquired EMC Engineers, Inc. In May 2011, it acquired Internormen Technology Group. In August 2011, it acquired IE Power, Inc. In December 2011, it acquired E.A. Pedersen Company.

About P10 Industries

P10 Industries, Inc., formerly Active Power, Inc., focuses on monetizing intellectual property assets. The Company also focuses on acquiring businesses in the commercial and industrial markets. The Company has a range of patents available for licensing. The Company’s patent portfolio includes thermal and compressed air storage technology, which can be used in backup power applications.

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