Dover (NYSE: DOV) and Edwards Group (NASDAQ:EVAC) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.6% of Dover shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Dover shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Dover and Edwards Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dover 8.91% 14.10% 5.52%
Edwards Group N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Dover and Edwards Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dover $6.79 billion 2.21 $508.89 million $4.30 22.39
Edwards Group N/A N/A N/A $0.66 N/A

Dover has higher revenue and earnings than Edwards Group. Edwards Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Dover, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Dover pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Edwards Group does not pay a dividend. Dover pays out 43.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Edwards Group has raised its dividend for 61 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Dover and Edwards Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dover 0 10 7 0 2.41
Edwards Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dover presently has a consensus price target of $94.09, suggesting a potential downside of 2.27%.

Summary

Dover beats Edwards Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Dover Company Profile

Dover Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer delivering equipment and components, specialty systems, consumable supplies, software and digital solutions and support services. The Company’s segments include Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. The Company’s Energy segment is a provider of solutions and services for production and processing of fuels around the world. Its Engineered Systems segment includes two platforms: Printing & Identification, and Industrials and is focused on the design, manufacture and service of critical equipment and components serving the fast-moving consumer goods, digital textile printing and industrial end markets. Its Fluids segment is focused on the safe handling of critical fluids across the retail fueling, chemical, and industrial end markets. The Refrigeration & Food Equipment segment is a provider of energy efficient equipment and systems serving the commercial refrigeration and food equipment end markets.

Edwards Group Company Profile

Edwards Group Limited (Edwards) a global industrial technology company, is a manufacturer of vacuum products and abatement systems and a provider of related value-added services. The Company sells its products, systems and services across several targeted market sectors, Semiconductor, General Vacuum and Emerging Technologies, each of which contains several sub-sectors. As of December 31, 2011, Edwards operated 11 manufacturing and systemization sites in seven countries. Its vacuum products include a range of dry pumps, turbomolecular pumps and other vacuum pumps. Its abatement systems include customized solutions, which integrate vacuum and exhaust management technologies. Abatement products are used to manage exhaust gases and other process byproducts extracted by dry pumps. Its value-added services include equipment monitoring, repair and overhaul, remanufacturing, service upgrades and provision of spare parts.

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