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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crane 4.96% 20.70% 7.53%
CLARCOR 7.71% 10.16% 6.66%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

68.3% of Crane shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.9% of CLARCOR shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Crane shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of CLARCOR shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Crane and CLARCOR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crane $2.75 billion 1.98 $122.80 million $2.24 40.88
CLARCOR N/A N/A N/A $2.84 29.23

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Crane and CLARCOR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crane 0 4 7 0 2.64
CLARCOR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Crane currently has a consensus target price of $94.60, suggesting a potential upside of 3.31%. Given Crane’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Crane is more favorable than CLARCOR.

Dividends

Crane pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Crane pays out 58.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CLARCOR pays out 35.2% 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. Crane has raised its dividend for 53 consecutive years. Crane is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Crane beats CLARCOR on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crane Company Profile

Crane Co. (Crane) is a manufacturer of engineered industrial products. The Company operates through four segments, including Fluid Handling, Payment & Merchandising Technologies, Aerospace & Electronics, and Engineered Materials. The Fluid Handling segment is a provider of engineered fluid handling equipment, including Process Valves and Related Products, Commercial Valves and Other Products. The Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment includes Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) and Merchandising Systems. The Aerospace & Electronics segment supplies various components and systems, including original equipment and aftermarket parts, primarily for the commercial aerospace and military aerospace, and defense markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels and coils, primarily for use in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles (RVs), truck bodies, truck trailers, with additional applications in commercial and industrial buildings.

CLARCOR Company Profile

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.

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