Edwards Group (NASDAQ: EVAC) and Comfort Systems USA (NYSE:FIX) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
92.5% of Comfort Systems USA shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Comfort Systems USA shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Edwards Group and Comfort Systems USA, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Comfort Systems USA||0||4||0||0||2.00|
Comfort Systems USA has a consensus price target of $63.00, indicating a potential upside of 55.56%.
Comfort Systems USA pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Edwards Group does not pay a dividend. Comfort Systems USA pays out 17.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Comfort Systems USA has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Edwards Group and Comfort Systems USA’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Comfort Systems USA||$1.63 billion||0.92||$64.89 million||$1.71||23.68|
Comfort Systems USA has higher revenue and earnings than Edwards Group. Edwards Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Comfort Systems USA, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Edwards Group and Comfort Systems USA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Comfort Systems USA||3.76%||16.49%||8.14%|
Comfort Systems USA beats Edwards Group on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Edwards Group
Edwards Group Limited (Edwards) a global industrial technology company, is a manufacturer of vacuum products and abatement systems and a provider of related value-added services. The Company sells its products, systems and services across several targeted market sectors, Semiconductor, General Vacuum and Emerging Technologies, each of which contains several sub-sectors. As of December 31, 2011, Edwards operated 11 manufacturing and systemization sites in seven countries. Its vacuum products include a range of dry pumps, turbomolecular pumps and other vacuum pumps. Its abatement systems include customized solutions, which integrate vacuum and exhaust management technologies. Abatement products are used to manage exhaust gases and other process byproducts extracted by dry pumps. Its value-added services include equipment monitoring, repair and overhaul, remanufacturing, service upgrades and provision of spare parts.
About Comfort Systems USA
Comfort Systems USA, Inc. is a provider of mechanical contracting services, which principally includes heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, piping and controls, as well as off-site construction, electrical, monitoring and fire protection. As of December 31, 2016, the Company installed, maintained, repaired and replaced products and systems throughout its 35 operating units in 84 cities and 91 locations throughout the United States. The Company operates primarily in the commercial, industrial and institutional HVAC markets and offers services in the industrial, healthcare, education, office, technology, retail and government facilities. The Company provides a range of construction, renovation, expansion, maintenance, repair and replacement services for mechanical and related systems in commercial, industrial and institutional properties. The Company also provides remote monitoring of temperature, pressure, humidity and air flow for HVAC systems.
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