Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is one of 18 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Nordson Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nordson Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Nordson Corporation $2.00 billion $534.78 million 22.55
Nordson Corporation Competitors $696.10 million $107.10 million 44.99

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


Nordson Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Nordson Corporation pays out 23.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.1% and pay out 34.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Nordson Corporation has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.0% of Nordson Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Nordson Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are owned by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Nordson Corporation and its rivals, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nordson Corporation 0 3 5 0 2.63
Nordson Corporation Competitors 93 396 335 25 2.34

Nordson Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $138.00, indicating a potential upside of 21.91%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 9.59%. Given Nordson Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Nordson Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility & Risk

Nordson Corporation has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nordson Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.49, indicating that their average stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Nordson Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nordson Corporation 14.57% 32.99% 10.73%
Nordson Corporation Competitors -24.03% 10.43% 4.25%


Nordson Corporation beats its rivals on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Nordson Corporation

Nordson Corporation engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used to dispense, apply and control adhesives, coatings, polymers, sealants, biomaterials, and other fluids, to test and inspect for quality, and to treat and cure surfaces. The Company’s segments include Adhesive Dispensing Systems, Advanced Technology Systems and Industrial Coating Systems. The Adhesive Dispensing Systems segment delivers its precision dispensing and processing technology to various markets. The Advanced Technology Systems segment integrates its product technologies found in progressive stages of a customer’s production process, such as surface treatment, precisely controlled automated, and post-dispense bond testing, optical inspection and X-ray inspection. The Industrial Coating Systems segment provides equipment used primarily for applying coatings, paint, finishes, sealants and other materials, and for curing and drying of dispensed material.

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