Gardner Denver Holdings (NYSE: GDI) and Comfort Systems USA (NYSE:FIX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gardner Denver Holdings and Comfort Systems USA’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gardner Denver Holdings $2.10 billion 2.46 $214.25 million N/A N/A
Comfort Systems USA $1.67 billion 0.78 $129.25 million $1.67 20.90

Gardner Denver Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Comfort Systems USA.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Gardner Denver Holdings and Comfort Systems USA, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gardner Denver Holdings 0 1 8 0 2.89
Comfort Systems USA 0 2 2 0 2.50

Gardner Denver Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $27.14, suggesting a potential upside of 2.81%. Comfort Systems USA has a consensus price target of $83.00, suggesting a potential upside of 137.82%. Given Comfort Systems USA’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Comfort Systems USA is more favorable than Gardner Denver Holdings.


This table compares Gardner Denver Holdings and Comfort Systems USA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gardner Denver Holdings N/A N/A N/A
Comfort Systems USA 3.77% 16.52% 8.35%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.5% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.5% of Comfort Systems USA shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Comfort Systems USA shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Comfort Systems USA pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Gardner Denver Holdings does not pay a dividend. Comfort Systems USA pays out 18.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Comfort Systems USA has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Gardner Denver Holdings Company Profile

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.

Comfort Systems USA Company Profile

Comfort Systems USA, Inc. is a provider of mechanical contracting services, which principally includes heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, piping and controls, as well as off-site construction, electrical, monitoring and fire protection. As of December 31, 2016, the Company installed, maintained, repaired and replaced products and systems throughout its 35 operating units in 84 cities and 91 locations throughout the United States. The Company operates primarily in the commercial, industrial and institutional HVAC markets and offers services in the industrial, healthcare, education, office, technology, retail and government facilities. The Company provides a range of construction, renovation, expansion, maintenance, repair and replacement services for mechanical and related systems in commercial, industrial and institutional properties. The Company also provides remote monitoring of temperature, pressure, humidity and air flow for HVAC systems.

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