Chart Industries (NASDAQ: GTLS) and Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE:MTD) 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, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Chart Industries and Mettler-Toledo International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chart Industries 0 3 4 0 2.57
Mettler-Toledo International 0 3 4 0 2.57

Chart Industries currently has a consensus price target of $47.83, suggesting a potential upside of 9.96%. Mettler-Toledo International has a consensus price target of $591.00, suggesting a potential downside of 13.42%. Given Chart Industries’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Chart Industries is more favorable than Mettler-Toledo International.

Risk & Volatility

Chart Industries has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mettler-Toledo International has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Chart Industries and Mettler-Toledo International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chart Industries -0.21% 2.25% 1.19%
Mettler-Toledo International 16.60% 95.28% 19.80%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.6% of Chart Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.2% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Chart Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are held 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Chart Industries and Mettler-Toledo International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chart Industries $860.61 million 1.55 $68.59 million ($0.06) -724.88
Mettler-Toledo International $2.61 billion 6.71 $631.03 million $16.26 41.98

Mettler-Toledo International has higher revenue and earnings than Chart Industries. Chart Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mettler-Toledo International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Mettler-Toledo International beats Chart Industries on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Chart Industries

Chart Industries, Inc. is a diversified global manufacturer of engineered equipment, packaged solutions, and value-add services used throughout the industrial gas, energy and biomedical industries. The Company operates through three business segments: Energy & Chemicals (E&C), Distribution & Storage (D&S) and BioMedical. The E&C and D&S segments manufacture products used in energy-related and industrial applications, such as the separation, liquefaction, distribution and storage of hydrocarbon and industrial gases. Through the BioMedical segment, it manufactures and supplies medical devices, including cryogenic and non-cryogenic equipment, used in respiratory healthcare. The Company also manufactures and supplies products for life sciences, including biological research and animal breeding. Applications in the BioMedical segment include Respiratory Therapy, Life Sciences, Commercial Oxygen and Nitrogen Generation.

About Mettler-Toledo International

Mettler-Toledo International Inc. is a supplier of precision instruments and services. The Company operates through five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations and Other. The Company manufactures weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics and food retailing applications. The Company is also a provider of analytical instruments for use in life science, reaction engineering and real-time analytic systems used in drug and chemical compound development, and process analytics instruments used for in-line measurement in production processes. In addition, the Company is also a supplier of end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging for food, pharmaceutical and other industries. The Company serves food and beverage producers; food retailers; chemical, specialty chemicals and cosmetics companies, and the transportation and logistics industry, among others.

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