KLX (NASDAQ: KLXI) and CLARCOR (NYSE:CLC) are both aerospace companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for KLX and CLARCOR, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KLX 0 2 3 0 2.60
CLARCOR 1 1 0 0 1.50

KLX currently has a consensus price target of $55.40, indicating a potential upside of 0.27%. CLARCOR has a consensus price target of $83.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.02%. Given KLX’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe KLX is more favorable than CLARCOR.

Dividends

CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. KLX does not pay a dividend. CLARCOR pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CLARCOR has increased its dividend for 52 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.9% of CLARCOR shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of KLX shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of CLARCOR shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

KLX has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CLARCOR has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares KLX and CLARCOR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KLX 4.83% 4.43% 2.66%
CLARCOR 7.71% 10.16% 6.66%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares KLX and CLARCOR’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KLX $1.60 billion 1.78 $240.70 million $1.50 36.83
CLARCOR N/A N/A N/A $2.84 29.22

KLX has higher revenue and earnings than CLARCOR. CLARCOR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than KLX, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

CLARCOR beats KLX on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

KLX Company Profile

KLX Inc. (KLX) is the distributor and service provider of aerospace fasteners and consumables. The Company offers ranges of aerospace hardware and consumables and inventory management services across the world. The Company operates through two segments: Aerospace Solutions Group (ASG) and Energy Services Group (ESG). The Company’s ASG segment service offerings include inventory management and replenishment, creative and differential supply chain solutions, such as third-party logistics programs, special packaging and bar-coding, parts kitting, quality assurance testing and a range of purchasing assistance programs, plus the electronic data interchange capability. The Company’s ESG segment products and services include onshore completion services, wireline services, fishing services and tools, down-hole completion and production services, pressure control, accommodations and related surface rental equipment, and remanufacturing shops.

CLARCOR Company Profile

CLARCOR Inc. is engaged in providing filtration products, filtration systems and services, and consumer and industrial packaging products. The Company’s segments are Engine/Mobile Filtration and Industrial/Environmental Filtration. Its Engine/Mobile Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products for on-road and off-road mobile and stationary applications. Its Industrial/Environmental Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products used in industrial and commercial processes, and in buildings and infrastructures of various types. Its liquid process filtration products include specialty industrial process liquid filters; filters for pharmaceutical processes and beverages; filtration systems, filters and coalescers for the oil and natural gas industry; filtration systems for aircraft refueling, anti-pollution, sewage treatment and water recycling; bilge water separators, and sand control filters for oil and gas drilling.

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