Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE: AQUA) and Northern Technologies International (NASDAQ:NTIC) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Evoqua Water Technologies and Northern Technologies International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Evoqua Water Technologies 0 4 4 0 2.50
Northern Technologies International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Evoqua Water Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $23.88, indicating a potential upside of 6.11%. Given Evoqua Water Technologies’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Evoqua Water Technologies is more favorable than Northern Technologies International.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Evoqua Water Technologies and Northern Technologies International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Evoqua Water Technologies N/A N/A N/A $0.29 77.59
Northern Technologies International $39.57 million 2.30 $3.42 million $0.76 26.39

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.0% of Northern Technologies International shares are held by institutional investors. 19.5% of Northern Technologies International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Evoqua Water Technologies and Northern Technologies International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Evoqua Water Technologies 8.90% 44.93% 6.20%
Northern Technologies International 8.65% 7.06% 6.44%

Summary

Northern Technologies International beats Evoqua Water Technologies on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Evoqua Water Technologies

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. is focused on providing water treatment solutions. The Company is offering services, systems and technologies to support customers’ full water lifecycle needs. The Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of differentiated, proprietary technology solutions. The Company operates through three segments Industrial, Municipal and Products. Industrial Segment provides fully-integrated systems and service solutions that selectively utilize its comprehensive portfolio of water treatment technologies to satisfy its customers’ unique water needs. Municipal Segment provides engineered solutions and equipment for the treatment of wastewater, purification of drinking water and odor and corrosion control for municipalities. Products Segment sells differentiated technologies to a diverse set of water treatment system specifiers, integrators and end users globally.

About Northern Technologies International

Northern Technologies International Corporation develops and markets environmentally beneficial products and services. The Company’s primary business is corrosion prevention marketed mainly under ZERUST and EXCOR brands (collectively ZERUST). The Company’s segments include ZERUST and Natur-Tec. The Company is engaged in selling its ZERUST products and services to the automotive, electronics, electrical, mechanical, military and retail consumer markets. The Company’s ZERUST rust and corrosion inhibiting products include plastic and paper packaging, liquids and coatings, rust removers and cleaners, diffusers and engineered solutions designed specifically for the oil and gas industry. The Company also offers onsite technical consulting for rust and corrosion prevention issues across the world. The Company manufactures and sells a range of bio-based and compostable (fully biodegradable) polymer resin compounds and finished products under the Natur-Tec brand.

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