Watts Water Technologies (NYSE: WTS) and Standex International Corporation (NYSE:SXI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.0% of Watts Water Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.3% of Standex International Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Watts Water Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of Standex International Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Watts Water Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Standex International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Watts Water Technologies pays out 29.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Standex International Corporation pays out 18.6% 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. Watts Water Technologies has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Standex International Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Watts Water Technologies and Standex International Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Watts Water Technologies $1.40 billion 1.54 $196.00 million $2.60 24.17
Standex International Corporation $731.94 million 1.60 $95.03 million $3.44 26.64

Watts Water Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Standex International Corporation. Watts Water Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Standex International Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Watts Water Technologies has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Standex International Corporation has a beta of 1.52, meaning that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Watts Water Technologies and Standex International Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Watts Water Technologies 0 4 0 0 2.00
Standex International Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50

Watts Water Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $64.50, suggesting a potential upside of 2.63%. Standex International Corporation has a consensus target price of $115.00, suggesting a potential upside of 25.48%. Given Standex International Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Standex International Corporation is more favorable than Watts Water Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Watts Water Technologies and Standex International Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Watts Water Technologies 6.40% 12.75% 5.42%
Standex International Corporation 6.01% 14.88% 7.66%

Summary

Standex International Corporation beats Watts Water Technologies on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Watts Water Technologies

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. is a supplier of products and solutions that manage and conserve the flow of fluids and energy into, through and out of buildings in the residential and commercial markets. The Company, through its subsidiary, Watts Regulator Co., is engaged in manufacturing products and systems focused on the control, conservation and quality of water, and safety of the people using it. Its segments include Americas, Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific. It four product lines include: residential and commercial flow control products, which include products for plumbing and hot water applications; heating, ventilation and air conditioning and gas products, which include boilers, water heaters and heating solutions; drainage and water re-use products, which include drainage products and engineered rain water harvesting solutions, and water quality products, which include point-of-use and point-of-entry water filtration, conditioning and scale prevention systems.

About Standex International Corporation

Standex International Corporation is a diversified manufacturing company. The Company is a manufacturer of a range of products and services for diverse commercial and industrial market segments. The Company has 11 operating segments, aggregated and organized into five segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Hydraulics. The Food Service Equipment business consists of Refrigeration Solutions group, Cooking Solutions group and Specialty Solutions group. The Engraving segment’s product lines include Mold-Tech and Innovent. The Engineering Technologies segment provides engineered parts in all workable metal alloys using various forming processes. The Electronics segment is a manufacturer of custom magnetic sensing and power conversion components and assemblies. The Hydraulics segment is a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cylinders, including single or double acting telescopic, and piston rod hydraulic cylinders.

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