Pall (PLL) & Actuant (ATU) Critical Comparison

Pall (NYSE: PLL) and Actuant (NYSE:ATU) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Dividends

Actuant pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Pall does not pay a dividend. Actuant pays out -3.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Pall and Actuant, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pall 0 0 0 0 N/A
Actuant 1 7 3 0 2.18

Actuant has a consensus target price of $24.38, indicating a potential downside of 6.25%. Given Actuant’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Actuant is more favorable than Pall.

Profitability

This table compares Pall and Actuant’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pall 14.12% 24.23% 10.41%
Actuant -5.89% 9.29% 3.32%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pall and Actuant’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pall N/A N/A N/A $3.56 35.71
Actuant $1.10 billion 1.42 -$66.21 million ($1.11) -23.42

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

About Pall

Pall Corporation is a filtration, separation and purification company. The Company is a supplier of filtration, separation and purification technologies, principally made by the Company using its engineering capability and fluid management, filter media, and other fluid clarification and separations equipment for the removal of solid, liquid and gaseous contaminants from a variety of liquids and gases. The Company serves customers through two businesses globally: Life Sciences and Industrial. The Life Sciences business group is focused on developing, manufacturing and selling products to customers in the Medical, BioPharmaceuticals and Food & Beverage markets. The Industrial business group is focused on developing, manufacturing and selling products to customers in the Process Technologies, Aerospace and Microelectronics markets.

About Actuant

Actuant Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes a range of industrial products and systems to various end markets. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Company’s Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Company’s Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil and gas, power generation and other energy markets. The Company’s Engineered Solutions segment provides engineered position and motion control systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as various other products to the industrial and agricultural markets.

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