Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP) and Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) are both mid-cap industrial products 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.


This table compares Roper Technologies and Proto Labs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Roper Technologies 16.17% 14.47% 6.20%
Proto Labs 14.53% 11.63% 10.54%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.8% of Roper Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.8% of Proto Labs shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Roper Technologies and Proto Labs’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Roper Technologies $3.79 billion 7.04 $658.64 million $6.89 37.82
Proto Labs $298.05 million 8.50 $42.70 million $1.75 54.34

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

Volatility & Risk

Roper Technologies has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Proto Labs has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Proto Labs does not pay a dividend. Roper Technologies pays out 20.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Roper Technologies and Proto Labs, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Roper Technologies 0 2 8 0 2.80
Proto Labs 0 3 0 0 2.00

Roper Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $251.91, indicating a potential downside of 3.33%. Proto Labs has a consensus price target of $68.00, indicating a potential downside of 28.50%. Given Roper Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Roper Technologies is more favorable than Proto Labs.


Roper Technologies beats Proto Labs on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Roper Technologies Company Profile

Roper Technologies, Inc. is a technology company. The Company operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products and solutions for various end markets, including healthcare, transportation, commercial construction, food, energy, water, education and academic research. The Company operates in four segments: Medical & Scientific Imaging, which offers products and software in medical applications, and digital imaging products; RF Technology, which provides radio frequency identification (RFID) communication technology and software solutions; Industrial Technology, which produces fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering equipment, and Energy Systems & Controls, which produces control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions.

Proto Labs Company Profile

Proto Labs, Inc. is an e-commerce driven digital manufacturer of on-demand three dimensional (3D) printed, computer numerical control (CNC) machined and injection-molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. The Company’s geographic segments include the United States, Europe and Japan. The Company targets its products to the product developers and engineers who use 3D computer-aided design (3D CAD) software to design products across a range of end markets. Its product lines include Injection Molding, CNC Machining and 3D Printing. Its Injection Molding product line is used for prototype, on-demand and short-run production. Its CNC Machining product line uses commercially available CNC machines to cut plastic or metal blocks into one or more custom parts based on the 3D CAD model uploaded by the product developer or engineer. Its 3D Printing product line includes stereolithography (SL), selective laser sintering (SLS) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) processes.

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