CLARCOR (NYSE: CLC) and Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.9% of CLARCOR shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of CLARCOR shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.8% of Proto Labs shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

CLARCOR has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Proto Labs has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CLARCOR and Proto Labs’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CLARCOR N/A N/A N/A $2.84 29.23
Proto Labs $312.73 million 6.22 $85.30 million $1.71 42.78

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

Dividends

CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Proto Labs does not pay a dividend. CLARCOR pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Proto Labs has raised its dividend for 52 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares CLARCOR and Proto Labs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CLARCOR 7.71% 10.16% 6.66%
Proto Labs 14.59% 11.75% 10.71%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for CLARCOR and Proto Labs, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CLARCOR 1 2 0 0 1.67
Proto Labs 0 3 0 0 2.00

CLARCOR currently has a consensus price target of $73.50, indicating a potential downside of 11.45%. Proto Labs has a consensus price target of $56.00, indicating a potential downside of 23.44%. Given CLARCOR’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe CLARCOR is more favorable than Proto Labs.

Summary

Proto Labs beats CLARCOR on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CLARCOR

CLARCOR Inc. is engaged in providing filtration products, filtration systems and services, and consumer and industrial packaging products. The Company’s segments are Engine/Mobile Filtration and Industrial/Environmental Filtration. Its Engine/Mobile Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products for on-road and off-road mobile and stationary applications. Its Industrial/Environmental Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products used in industrial and commercial processes, and in buildings and infrastructures of various types. Its liquid process filtration products include specialty industrial process liquid filters; filters for pharmaceutical processes and beverages; filtration systems, filters and coalescers for the oil and natural gas industry; filtration systems for aircraft refueling, anti-pollution, sewage treatment and water recycling; bilge water separators, and sand control filters for oil and gas drilling.

About Proto Labs

Proto Labs, Inc. is an e-commerce driven digital manufacturer of on-demand three dimensional (3D) printed, computer numerical control (CNC) machined and injection-molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. The Company’s geographic segments include the United States, Europe and Japan. The Company targets its products to the product developers and engineers who use 3D computer-aided design (3D CAD) software to design products across a range of end markets. Its product lines include Injection Molding, CNC Machining and 3D Printing. Its Injection Molding product line is used for prototype, on-demand and short-run production. Its CNC Machining product line uses commercially available CNC machines to cut plastic or metal blocks into one or more custom parts based on the 3D CAD model uploaded by the product developer or engineer. Its 3D Printing product line includes stereolithography (SL), selective laser sintering (SLS) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) processes.

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