Crane (NYSE: CR) and Gardner Denver (NYSE:GDI) are both mid-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.


This table compares Crane and Gardner Denver’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crane 4.96% 20.70% 7.53%
Gardner Denver N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Crane and Gardner Denver’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crane $2.75 billion 1.80 $122.80 million $2.23 37.39
Gardner Denver $1.94 billion 3.24 -$36.62 million N/A N/A

Crane has higher revenue and earnings than Gardner Denver.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Crane and Gardner Denver, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crane 0 4 6 0 2.60
Gardner Denver 0 1 9 0 2.90

Crane currently has a consensus target price of $94.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.74%. Gardner Denver has a consensus target price of $29.75, indicating a potential downside of 7.26%. Given Crane’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Crane is more favorable than Gardner Denver.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.3% of Crane shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Crane shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Gardner Denver shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Crane pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Gardner Denver does not pay a dividend. Crane pays out 59.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Crane beats Gardner Denver on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crane Company Profile

Crane Co. (Crane) is a manufacturer of engineered industrial products. The Company operates through four segments, including Fluid Handling, Payment & Merchandising Technologies, Aerospace & Electronics, and Engineered Materials. The Fluid Handling segment is a provider of engineered fluid handling equipment, including Process Valves and Related Products, Commercial Valves and Other Products. The Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment includes Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) and Merchandising Systems. The Aerospace & Electronics segment supplies various components and systems, including original equipment and aftermarket parts, primarily for the commercial aerospace and military aerospace, and defense markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels and coils, primarily for use in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles (RVs), truck bodies, truck trailers, with additional applications in commercial and industrial buildings.

Gardner Denver Company Profile

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.

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