CLARCOR (NYSE: CLC) and Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CLARCOR and Actuant Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CLARCOR N/A N/A N/A $2.84 29.22
Actuant Corporation $1.10 billion 1.42 $124.87 million ($1.12) -23.35

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

Dividends

CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Actuant Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. CLARCOR pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Actuant Corporation pays out -3.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. CLARCOR has raised its dividend for 52 consecutive years. CLARCOR is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CLARCOR 7.71% 10.16% 6.66%
Actuant Corporation -6.04% 9.43% 3.39%

Volatility & Risk

CLARCOR has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Actuant Corporation has a beta of 1.62, indicating that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for CLARCOR and Actuant Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CLARCOR 1 1 0 0 1.50
Actuant Corporation 1 7 4 0 2.25

CLARCOR presently has a consensus target price of $83.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.02%. Actuant Corporation has a consensus target price of $25.00, suggesting a potential downside of 4.40%. Given CLARCOR’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe CLARCOR is more favorable than Actuant Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.9% of CLARCOR shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CLARCOR shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.0% of Actuant Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

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

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.

Actuant Corporation Company Profile

Actuant Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes a range of industrial products and systems to various end markets. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Company’s Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Company’s Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil and gas, power generation and other energy markets. The Company’s Engineered Solutions segment provides engineered position and motion control systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as various other products to the industrial and agricultural markets.

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