Head-To-Head Comparison: Flow International (FLOW) versus Key Technology (KTEC)

Flow International (NASDAQ: FLOW) and Key Technology (NASDAQ:KTEC) are both small-cap industrial machinery companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Flow International and Key Technology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flow International N/A N/A N/A $0.04 1,192.25
Key Technology $139.91 million 0.88 $4.03 million $0.62 30.56

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

47.2% of Key Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 28.4% of Key Technology shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Flow International and Key Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flow International N/A N/A N/A
Key Technology 2.94% 7.08% 4.45%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Flow International and Key Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flow International 1 2 3 0 2.33
Key Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Flow International presently has a consensus target price of $43.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.83%. Given Flow International’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Flow International is more favorable than Key Technology.

Summary

Key Technology beats Flow International on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Flow International Company Profile

SPX FLOW, Inc. provides various engineered solutions worldwide. The company engineers, designs, manufactures, and markets products and solutions used to process, blend, filter, dry, meter, and transport fluids with a focus on original equipment installation, including turn-key systems, modular systems, and components, as well as aftermarket components and support services. It operates through three segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. The Food and Beverage segment offers mixing, drying, evaporation, and separation systems and components; heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies; and turn-key systems primarily under the Anhydro, APV, Bran+Luebbe, Gerstenberg Schroeder, LIGHTNIN, Seital, and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell brands. The Power and Energy segment provides pumps, valves, and related accessories primarily for customers in oil and gas, and nuclear and other conventional power industries under the APV, Bran+Luebbe, ClydeUnion Pumps, Copes-Vulcan, Dollinger Filtration, LIGHTNIN, M&J Valve, Plenty, and Vokes brands. The Industrial segment offers air dryers, filtration equipment, mixers, pumps, hydraulic technologies, and heat exchangers under the Airpel, APV, Bolting Systems, Delair, Deltech, Hankison, Jemaco, Johnson Pump, LIGHTNIN, Power Team, and Stone brands. It primarily serves customers in chemical, air treatment, mining, pharmaceutical, marine, shipbuilding, infrastructure construction, general industrial, and water treatment industries. SPX FLOW, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Key Technology Company Profile

Key Technology, Inc. is a supplier of process automation solutions to the food processing industry and other industries, such as tobacco and pharmaceuticals. The Company designs, manufactures, sells and services automation equipment that processes product streams of discrete pieces. These systems integrate electro-optical automated inspection and digital sorting systems with other processing systems that include specialized conveying and preparation equipment. The Company provides parts and service for each of its product lines to customers around the world. Its automated inspection systems are used in various applications to detect and remove defects and foreign material from the product stream. It offers conveying and processing equipment, which are utilized throughout various industries to move and process product within a production plant. Its Integrated Solutions Group (ISG) provides integrated whole-line solutions. It has an installed base of inspection and processing systems.

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