Newport Corp (NASDAQ: NEWP) and CLARCOR (NYSE:CLC) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitabiliy, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Newport Corp does not pay a dividend. CLARCOR pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CLARCOR has increased its dividend for 52 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Newport Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
CLARCOR 1 2 0 0 1.67

CLARCOR has a consensus target price of $73.50, suggesting a potential downside of 11.45%. Given CLARCOR’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CLARCOR is more favorable than Newport Corp.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Newport Corp 6.37% 10.63% 6.60%
CLARCOR 7.71% 10.16% 6.66%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Newport Corp and CLARCOR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Newport Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
CLARCOR N/A N/A N/A $2.84 29.23

Summary

CLARCOR beats Newport Corp on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Newport Corp

Newport Corporation is a supplier of technology products and systems. The Company offers its products and services to a range of industries, including scientific research, microelectronics, defense and security, life and health sciences, and industrial markets. The Company operates through three business segments: Photonics Group, which includes photonics instruments and systems, vibration isolation systems and subsystems, precision positioning systems and subsystems, optical components for research applications, optical hardware, and three-dimensional non-contact measurement sensors and equipment; Lasers Group, which offers a portfolio of laser technology products and services, including ultrafast lasers and amplifiers, fiber lasers, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, and high-energy pulsed lasers and tunable lasers, and Optics Group, which offers precision optics and lens assemblies, thin-film filters and coatings, replicated mirrors, and ruled and holographic diffraction gratings.

About CLARCOR

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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