John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE: JBT) and Tennant (NYSE:TNC) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares John Bean Technologies Corporation and Tennant’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
John Bean Technologies Corporation 5.32% 29.18% 6.95%
Tennant 2.32% 15.39% 7.19%

Risk & Volatility

John Bean Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tennant has a beta of 1.11, indicating that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

John Bean Technologies Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Tennant pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. John Bean Technologies Corporation pays out 15.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Tennant pays out 75.0% 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. John Bean Technologies Corporation has increased its dividend for 45 consecutive years and Tennant has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for John Bean Technologies Corporation and Tennant, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
John Bean Technologies Corporation 0 2 5 0 2.71
Tennant 0 2 0 0 2.00

John Bean Technologies Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $99.33, indicating a potential upside of 6.93%. Tennant has a consensus target price of $65.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.91%. Given John Bean Technologies Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe John Bean Technologies Corporation is more favorable than Tennant.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.3% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.4% of Tennant shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of Tennant shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares John Bean Technologies Corporation and Tennant’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
John Bean Technologies Corporation $1.49 billion 1.97 $166.80 million $2.59 35.87
Tennant $873.73 million 1.24 $91.45 million $1.12 54.29

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

Summary

John Bean Technologies Corporation beats Tennant on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About John Bean Technologies Corporation

John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a technology solutions provider to the segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. It operates through two segments: JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech. The JBT FoodTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically food processing systems used for fruit juice production, frozen food production, in-container food production, automated systems and convenience food preparation by the food industry. The product offerings of its FoodTech businesses include Protein, Liquid Foods and Automated Systems. The JBT AeroTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically airport ground support and gate equipment and provides services for airport authorities; airlines, airfreight, and ground handling companies; the defense contractors, and other industries. The product offerings of its AeroTech businesses include Mobile Equipment, Fixed Equipment and Airport Services.

About Tennant

Tennant Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing of cleaning solutions. The Company’s segments are Americas; Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. The Company offers a range of products, including floor maintenance and outdoor cleaning equipment, detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies, aftermarket parts and consumables, equipment maintenance and repair service, specialty surface coatings and asset management solutions. Its products are used in various types of environments, including retail establishments, distribution centers, factories and warehouses, public venues such as arenas and stadiums, office buildings, schools and universities, hospitals and clinics, parking lots and streets. The Company markets and sells its products under various brands: Tennant, Nobles, Green Machines, Alfa Uma Empresa Tennant, IRIS, Orbio IPC, IPC Foma, IPC Eagle, IPC Gansow, ICA, Vaclensa, Portotecnica, Sirio and Soteco, Ready System, Euromop, and Pulex.

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