Mueller Water Products (NYSE: MWA) and SPX Corp (NASDAQ:SPXC) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Dividends

Mueller Water Products pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. SPX Corp does not pay a dividend. Mueller Water Products pays out 20.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Mueller Water Products has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Mueller Water Products and SPX Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mueller Water Products $1.15 billion 1.76 $184.20 million $0.80 15.91
SPX Corp $1.43 billion 0.86 $88.70 million N/A N/A

Mueller Water Products has higher revenue, but lower earnings than SPX Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Mueller Water Products and SPX Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mueller Water Products 14.47% 16.85% 5.96%
SPX Corp -2.37% -15.86% -1.74%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.7% of Mueller Water Products shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of Mueller Water Products shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Mueller Water Products and SPX Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mueller Water Products 0 2 7 0 2.78
SPX Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Mueller Water Products currently has a consensus target price of $13.88, indicating a potential upside of 8.99%. Given Mueller Water Products’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Mueller Water Products is more favorable than SPX Corp.

Summary

Mueller Water Products beats SPX Corp on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mueller Water Products Company Profile

Mueller Water Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water in North America. The Company operates through three segments: Mueller Co., Anvil and Mueller Technologies. The Mueller Co. segment manufactures valves for water and gas systems, and dry-barrel and wet-barrel fire hydrants. The Anvil segment manufactures and sources a range of products, including a range of fittings, couplings, hangers and related products. The Mueller Technologies segment offers metering systems, leak detection, pipe condition assessment and other products and services for the water infrastructure industry. The Mueller Technologies segment includes Mueller Systems and Echologics businesses. The Company offers a range of water infrastructure, flow control and piping component system products and services in the United States and Canada.

SPX Corp Company Profile

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.

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