Gardner Denver Holdings (NYSE: GDI) and CLARCOR (NYSE:CLC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.9% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.9% of CLARCOR shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CLARCOR shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Gardner Denver Holdings 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Gardner Denver Holdings and CLARCOR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gardner Denver Holdings 0 1 9 0 2.90
CLARCOR 1 1 0 0 1.50

Gardner Denver Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $29.50, indicating a potential upside of 1.30%. CLARCOR has a consensus target price of $83.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.02%. Given Gardner Denver Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Gardner Denver Holdings is more favorable than CLARCOR.

Profitability

This table compares Gardner Denver Holdings and CLARCOR’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
CLARCOR 7.71% 10.16% 6.66%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Gardner Denver Holdings and CLARCOR’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gardner Denver Holdings $2.10 billion 2.72 $214.25 million N/A N/A
CLARCOR N/A N/A N/A $2.84 29.22

Gardner Denver Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than CLARCOR.

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.

About CLARCOR

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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