Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV) is one of 56 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Dover Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Dover Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Dover Corporation pays out 47.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 35.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Dover Corporation has raised its dividend for 61 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.1% of Dover Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Dover Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Dover Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dover Corporation 0 10 6 0 2.38
Dover Corporation Competitors 390 1897 1909 36 2.38

Dover Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $88.80, suggesting a potential downside of 1.36%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 6.89%. Given Dover Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Dover Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Dover Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dover Corporation 8.61% 13.36% 5.22%
Dover Corporation Competitors 1.62% 7.91% 4.55%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Dover Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Dover Corporation $7.29 billion $1.22 billion 22.56
Dover Corporation Competitors $2.27 billion $360.82 million 23.20

Dover Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Dover Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Dover Corporation has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dover Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.21, meaning that their average share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Dover Corporation beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Dover Corporation Company Profile

Dover Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer delivering equipment and components, specialty systems, consumable supplies, software and digital solutions and support services. The Company’s segments include Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. The Company’s Energy segment is a provider of solutions and services for production and processing of fuels around the world. Its Engineered Systems segment includes two platforms: Printing & Identification, and Industrials and is focused on the design, manufacture and service of critical equipment and components serving the fast-moving consumer goods, digital textile printing and industrial end markets. Its Fluids segment is focused on the safe handling of critical fluids across the retail fueling, chemical, and industrial end markets. The Refrigeration & Food Equipment segment is a provider of energy efficient equipment and systems serving the commercial refrigeration and food equipment end markets.

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