SPX Corporation (NYSE: SPXC) and Gardner Denver Holdings (NYSE:GDI) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SPX Corporation and Gardner Denver Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SPX Corporation $1.43 billion 0.81 $88.70 million ($1.83) -14.85
Gardner Denver Holdings $2.10 billion 2.45 $214.25 million N/A N/A

Gardner Denver Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than SPX Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares SPX Corporation and Gardner Denver Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SPX Corporation -5.15% 32.10% 3.67%
Gardner Denver Holdings N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for SPX Corporation and Gardner Denver Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SPX Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Gardner Denver Holdings 0 1 8 0 2.89

Gardner Denver Holdings has a consensus price target of $27.14, indicating a potential upside of 3.28%. Given Gardner Denver Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Gardner Denver Holdings is more favorable than SPX Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.4% of SPX Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.5% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of SPX Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Gardner Denver Holdings beats SPX Corporation on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SPX Corporation

SPX Corporation is a global supplier of infrastructure equipment. The Company operates through three segments: HVAC; Detection and Measurement, and Engineered Solutions. The HVAC solutions offered by its businesses include package cooling towers, residential and commercial boilers, heating and ventilation products. Its detection and measurement product lines encompass underground pipe and cable locators, and inspection equipment. Within its power platform, it is a manufacturer of medium and large power transformers, as well as equipment for various types of power plant, including cooling equipment, heat exchangers and pollution control systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in approximately 15 countries.

About Gardner Denver Holdings

Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc. is a global provider of mission-critical flow control and compression equipments and associated aftermarket parts, consumables and services. The Company operates through three business segments: Industry, Energy and Medical. Industry segment designs, manufactures, markets and services a range of air compression, vacuum and blower products. Energy segment supplies positive displacement pumps, liquid ring vacuum pumps, compressors and integrated systems, engineered fluid loading and transfer equipment and associated aftermarket parts. Medical segment designs, manufactures and supplies medical equipment, laboratory vacuum and automated liquid handling end-markets The Company’s products are sold under a range of brands namely Gardner Denver, CompAir, Nash, Emco Wheaton, Robuschi, Elmo Rietschle and Thomas.

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