Standex International Corporation (NYSE: SXI) and Lydall (NYSE:LDL) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Standex International Corporation and Lydall’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Standex International Corporation $755.26 million 1.61 $98.18 million $3.60 26.39
Lydall $640.28 million 1.24 $92.46 million $2.45 18.88

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

Dividends

Standex International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Lydall does not pay a dividend. Standex International Corporation pays out 17.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Standex International Corporation has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Standex International Corporation and Lydall’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Standex International Corporation 6.08% 14.76% 7.35%
Lydall 6.56% 17.43% 9.51%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Standex International Corporation and Lydall, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Standex International Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67
Lydall 0 0 1 0 3.00

Standex International Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $115.00, suggesting a potential upside of 21.05%. Lydall has a consensus price target of $63.00, suggesting a potential upside of 36.22%. Given Lydall’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Lydall is more favorable than Standex International Corporation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.3% of Standex International Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.1% of Lydall shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Standex International Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of Lydall shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Standex International Corporation has a beta of 1.54, indicating that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lydall has a beta of 1.71, indicating that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Lydall beats Standex International Corporation on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Standex International Corporation Company Profile

Standex International Corporation is a diversified manufacturing company. The Company is a manufacturer of a range of products and services for diverse commercial and industrial market segments. The Company has 11 operating segments, aggregated and organized into five segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Hydraulics. The Food Service Equipment business consists of Refrigeration Solutions group, Cooking Solutions group and Specialty Solutions group. The Engraving segment’s product lines include Mold-Tech and Innovent. The Engineering Technologies segment provides engineered parts in all workable metal alloys using various forming processes. The Electronics segment is a manufacturer of custom magnetic sensing and power conversion components and assemblies. The Hydraulics segment is a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cylinders, including single or double acting telescopic, and piston rod hydraulic cylinders.

Lydall Company Profile

Lydall, Inc. designs and manufactures specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration/separation and thermal/acoustical applications. The Company’s segments are Performance Materials, Technical Nonwovens, Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. The Performance Materials segment includes filtration, thermal insulation and life sciences filtration businesses. The Technical Nonwovens segment includes its industrial filtration and advanced materials products. The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment includes its metal parts and related tooling used in automotive applications. The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment includes its fiber parts business and related tooling used in automotive applications. Its Filtration products include LydAir MG (Micro-Glass) Air Filtration Media, LydAir MB (Melt Blown) Air Filtration Media and Arioso Membrane Composite Media.

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