John Bean Technologies (NYSE: JBT) and Standex International (NYSE:SXI) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

John Bean Technologies has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Standex International has a beta of 1.6, indicating that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares John Bean Technologies and Standex International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
John Bean Technologies $1.35 billion 2.59 $67.60 million $2.70 40.96
Standex International $755.26 million 1.72 $46.54 million $3.61 28.17

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.3% of John Bean Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.3% of Standex International shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of John Bean Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Standex International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares John Bean Technologies and Standex International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
John Bean Technologies 5.41% 25.51% 6.81%
Standex International 5.83% 15.06% 7.30%

Dividends

John Bean Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Standex International pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. John Bean Technologies pays out 14.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Standex International pays out 19.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. John Bean Technologies has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Standex International has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for John Bean Technologies and Standex International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
John Bean Technologies 1 1 5 0 2.57
Standex International 0 2 3 0 2.60

John Bean Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $101.67, indicating a potential downside of 8.08%. Standex International has a consensus target price of $115.50, indicating a potential upside of 13.57%. Given Standex International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Standex International is more favorable than John Bean Technologies.

Summary

John Bean Technologies beats Standex International on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

John Bean Technologies Company Profile

John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a technology solutions provider to the segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. It operates through two segments: JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech. The JBT FoodTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically food processing systems used for fruit juice production, frozen food production, in-container food production, automated systems and convenience food preparation by the food industry. The product offerings of its FoodTech businesses include Protein, Liquid Foods and Automated Systems. The JBT AeroTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically airport ground support and gate equipment and provides services for airport authorities; airlines, airfreight, and ground handling companies; the defense contractors, and other industries. The product offerings of its AeroTech businesses include Mobile Equipment, Fixed Equipment and Airport Services.

Standex International Company Profile

Standex International Corporation is a diversified manufacturing company. The Company is a manufacturer of a range of products and services for diverse commercial and industrial market segments. The Company has 11 operating segments, aggregated and organized into five segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Hydraulics. The Food Service Equipment business consists of Refrigeration Solutions group, Cooking Solutions group and Specialty Solutions group. The Engraving segment’s product lines include Mold-Tech and Innovent. The Engineering Technologies segment provides engineered parts in all workable metal alloys using various forming processes. The Electronics segment is a manufacturer of custom magnetic sensing and power conversion components and assemblies. The Hydraulics segment is a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cylinders, including single or double acting telescopic, and piston rod hydraulic cylinders.

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