Carlisle Companies (NYSE: CSL) and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and (NYSE:DD) are both mid-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Carlisle Companies and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Carlisle Companies 6.04% 15.18% 9.26%
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and 8.86% 31.23% 8.10%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Carlisle Companies and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carlisle Companies 0 3 3 0 2.50
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and 0 4 6 0 2.60

Carlisle Companies currently has a consensus target price of $125.00, indicating a potential upside of 32.05%. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and has a consensus target price of $80.19, indicating a potential downside of 3.61%. Given Carlisle Companies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Carlisle Companies is more favorable than E.I. du Pont de Nemours and.

Dividends

Carlisle Companies pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Carlisle Companies pays out 41.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and pays out 59.4% 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. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and has raised its dividend for 40 consecutive years. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility and Risk

Carlisle Companies has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and has a beta of 1.76, meaning that its stock price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Carlisle Companies and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Carlisle Companies $3.81 billion 1.57 $723.50 million $3.53 26.82
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and $25.30 billion 2.85 $5.32 billion $2.56 32.50

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and has higher revenue and earnings than Carlisle Companies. Carlisle Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than E.I. du Pont de Nemours and, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.7% of Carlisle Companies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.2% of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of Carlisle Companies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and beats Carlisle Companies on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Carlisle Companies Company Profile

Carlisle Companies Incorporated is a manufacturing company. The Company designs, manufactures and markets a range of products that serve a range of markets, including commercial roofing, energy, agriculture, mining, construction, aerospace and defense electronics, medical technology, transportation, general industrial, protective coatings, wood, auto refinishing, foodservice, and healthcare and sanitary maintenance. The Company operates through five segments: Carlisle Construction Materials (Construction Materials); Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (Interconnect Technologies); Carlisle Fluid Technologies (Fluid Technologies); Carlisle Brake & Friction (Brake & Friction), and Carlisle FoodService Products (FoodService Products). The Company markets its products as a component supplier to original equipment manufacturers and distributors, among others.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company Profile

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company is a science and technology-based company. It operates through six segments: Agriculture, Electronics & Communications (E&C), Industrial Biosciences, Nutrition & Health, Performance Materials and Protection Solutions. Its Agriculture segment includes products, such as corn hybrids and soybean varieties, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Its E&C segment includes products, such as printing and packaging materials, photopolymers and electronic materials. Its Industrial Biosciences segment includes products, such as enzymes, bio-based materials and process technologies. Its Nutrition & Health segment includes products, such as probiotics, cultures, emulsifiers, natural sweeteners and soy-based food ingredients. Its Performance Materials segment includes products, such as engineering polymers, packaging and industrial polymers, films and elastomers. Its Protection Solutions segment includes products, such as nonwovens, aramids and solid surfaces.

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