BTU International (NASDAQ: BTUI) and Chart Industries (NASDAQ:GTLS) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for BTU International and Chart Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BTU International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Chart Industries 0 3 4 0 2.57

Chart Industries has a consensus target price of $47.83, indicating a potential downside of 0.95%. Given Chart Industries’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Chart Industries is more favorable than BTU International.

Profitability

This table compares BTU International and Chart Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BTU International N/A N/A N/A
Chart Industries -0.21% 2.25% 1.19%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.8% of Chart Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of Chart Industries shares are owned by company 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.

Risk and Volatility

BTU International has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chart Industries has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BTU International and Chart Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BTU International N/A N/A N/A ($0.44) -5.95
Chart Industries $859.15 million 1.73 $28.23 million ($0.06) -804.70

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

Summary

Chart Industries beats BTU International on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About BTU International

BTU International, Inc. (BTU) is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling and servicing of thermal processing equipment and related process controls for use in the electronics, alternative energy, automotive and other industries. The Company operates as a single business segment called Thermal Processing Capital Equipment. It is engaged in the supply of solder reflow systems used for surface mount applications in printed circuit board assembly. The Company’s thermal processing equipment is used in low temperature curing/encapsulation, hybrid integrated circuit manufacturing, integrated circuit packaging and sealing, and processing multi-chip modules. In addition, the equipment is used for solar cell processing, sintering nuclear fuel for commercial power generation, as well as brazing and the sintering of ceramics and powdered metals. Its alternative energy business addresses two markets, the manufacturing of solar cells and nuclear fuels.

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.

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