CLARCOR (NYSE: CLC) and Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and profitabiliy.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CLARCOR and Roper Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CLARCOR N/A N/A N/A $2.84 29.23
Roper Technologies $4.18 billion 5.72 $1.41 billion $6.68 35.11

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.9% of CLARCOR shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.9% of Roper Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CLARCOR shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

CLARCOR has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Roper Technologies has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. CLARCOR pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Roper Technologies pays out 21.0% 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. CLARCOR has raised its dividend for 52 consecutive years and Roper Technologies has raised its dividend for 18 consecutive years. CLARCOR is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares CLARCOR and Roper Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CLARCOR 7.71% 10.16% 6.66%
Roper Technologies 16.44% 13.66% 6.07%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for CLARCOR and Roper Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CLARCOR 1 2 0 0 1.67
Roper Technologies 0 2 7 0 2.78

CLARCOR presently has a consensus target price of $73.50, suggesting a potential downside of 11.45%. Roper Technologies has a consensus target price of $240.60, suggesting a potential upside of 2.60%. Given Roper Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Roper Technologies is more favorable than CLARCOR.

Summary

Roper Technologies beats CLARCOR on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Roper Technologies

Roper Technologies, Inc. is a technology company. The Company operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products and solutions for various end markets, including healthcare, transportation, commercial construction, food, energy, water, education and academic research. The Company operates in four segments: Medical & Scientific Imaging, which offers products and software in medical applications, and digital imaging products; RF Technology, which provides radio frequency identification (RFID) communication technology and software solutions; Industrial Technology, which produces fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering equipment, and Energy Systems & Controls, which produces control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions.

Receive News & Stock Ratings for CLARCOR Inc. Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for CLARCOR Inc. and related stocks with our FREE daily email newsletter.