SPX FLOW (NYSE: FLOW) is one of 56 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare SPX FLOW to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SPX FLOW and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SPX FLOW $1.89 billion $190.40 million 330.30
SPX FLOW Competitors $2.27 billion $359.64 million 23.39

SPX FLOW’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than SPX FLOW. SPX FLOW is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for SPX FLOW and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SPX FLOW 1 1 2 0 2.25
SPX FLOW Competitors 390 1898 1911 36 2.38

SPX FLOW currently has a consensus price target of $32.67, indicating a potential downside of 10.08%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 7.64%. Given SPX FLOW’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SPX FLOW has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.2% of SPX FLOW shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of SPX FLOW 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.

Profitability

This table compares SPX FLOW and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SPX FLOW 0.26% 5.87% 1.76%
SPX FLOW Competitors 1.55% 6.73% 4.63%

Risk and Volatility

SPX FLOW has a beta of 2.7, indicating that its stock price is 170% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SPX FLOW’s rivals have a beta of 1.21, indicating that their average stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

SPX FLOW rivals beat SPX FLOW on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

SPX FLOW Company Profile

SPX FLOW, Inc. is a global supplier of engineered solutions. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in over 30 countries and sales in over 150 countries around the world. The Company operates in three business segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. Its product portfolio of pumps, valves, mixers, filters, air dryers, hydraulic tools, homogenizers, separators and heat exchangers, along with the related aftermarket parts and services, supports global industries, including food and beverage, oil and gas, power generation, chemical processing, compressed air and mining. The Food and Beverage segment’s products include mixing, drying, evaporation and separation systems and components, heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies. Its products in the Power and Energy segment include pumps, valves and the related accessories. Its products in the Industrial segment are filtration equipment, hydraulic technologies and heat exchangers.

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