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

Dividends

CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Pall does not pay a dividend. CLARCOR pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Pall has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years and CLARCOR has raised its dividend for 52 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.9% of CLARCOR shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CLARCOR shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Pall and CLARCOR’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%
CLARCOR 7.71% 10.16% 6.66%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pall and CLARCOR’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Pall and CLARCOR, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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

CLARCOR has a consensus price target of $73.50, indicating a potential downside of 11.45%. Given CLARCOR’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CLARCOR is more favorable than Pall.

Summary

CLARCOR beats Pall on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pall Company Profile

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.

CLARCOR Company Profile

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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