Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP) and Woodward (NASDAQ:WWD) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Roper Technologies and Woodward’s 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%
Woodward 9.67% 16.12% 7.67%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Roper Technologies and Woodward’s 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 5.62 $1.41 billion $6.68 34.43
Woodward $2.08 billion 2.07 $342.57 million $3.17 22.15

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

Risk and Volatility

Roper Technologies has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Woodward has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Woodward pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Roper Technologies pays out 21.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Woodward pays out 15.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Roper Technologies has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years. Woodward is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Roper Technologies and Woodward, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Roper Technologies 0 2 7 0 2.78
Woodward 0 4 5 0 2.56

Roper Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $240.60, indicating a potential upside of 4.63%. Woodward has a consensus price target of $74.75, indicating a potential upside of 6.48%. Given Woodward’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Woodward is more favorable than Roper Technologies.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.4% of Roper Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of Woodward shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.9% of Woodward shares are owned by 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.

Summary

Roper Technologies beats Woodward on 10 of the 17 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 Woodward

Woodward, Inc. is an independent designer, manufacturer and service provider of energy control and optimization solutions. The Company designs, produces and services energy control products for various applications. The Company’s segments include Aerospace and Industrial. The Company’s Aerospace segment designs, manufactures and services systems and products for the management of fuel, air, combustion and motion control. The Company’s Industrial segment designs, produces and services systems and products for the management of fuel, air, fluids, gases, electricity, motion and combustion. The Company has production and assembly facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia and South America, and promotes its products and services throughout the world. The Company offers solutions for the aerospace, industrial and energy markets. The Company focuses primarily on serving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and equipment packagers.

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