CLARCOR (NYSE: CLC) and SPX (NYSE:SPXC) are both industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CLARCOR and SPX’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CLARCOR N/A N/A N/A $2.84 29.23
SPX $1.47 billion 0.88 -$67.20 million $0.77 39.57

CLARCOR has higher earnings, but lower revenue than SPX. CLARCOR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SPX, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.9% of CLARCOR shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.4% of SPX shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CLARCOR shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of SPX shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares CLARCOR and SPX’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CLARCOR 7.71% 10.16% 6.66%
SPX -3.86% 37.49% 4.23%

Dividends

CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. SPX does not pay a dividend. CLARCOR pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CLARCOR has raised its dividend for 52 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for CLARCOR and SPX, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CLARCOR 0 0 0 0 N/A
SPX 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

CLARCOR beats SPX on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CLARCOR

CLARCOR Inc. is engaged in providing filtration products, filtration systems and services, and consumer and industrial packaging products. The Company’s segments are Engine/Mobile Filtration and Industrial/Environmental Filtration. Its Engine/Mobile Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products for on-road and off-road mobile and stationary applications. Its Industrial/Environmental Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products used in industrial and commercial processes, and in buildings and infrastructures of various types. Its liquid process filtration products include specialty industrial process liquid filters; filters for pharmaceutical processes and beverages; filtration systems, filters and coalescers for the oil and natural gas industry; filtration systems for aircraft refueling, anti-pollution, sewage treatment and water recycling; bilge water separators, and sand control filters for oil and gas drilling.

About SPX

SPX Corporation is a global supplier of infrastructure equipment. The Company operates through three segments: HVAC; Detection and Measurement, and Engineered Solutions. The HVAC solutions offered by its businesses include package cooling towers, residential and commercial boilers, heating and ventilation products. Its detection and measurement product lines encompass underground pipe and cable locators, and inspection equipment. Within its power platform, it is a manufacturer of medium and large power transformers, as well as equipment for various types of power plant, including cooling equipment, heat exchangers and pollution control systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in approximately 15 countries.

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