John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE: JBT) and Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

John Bean Technologies Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Nordson Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. John Bean Technologies Corporation pays out 15.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Nordson Corporation pays out 23.9% 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 raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Nordson Corporation has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

John Bean Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nordson Corporation has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares John Bean Technologies Corporation and Nordson Corporation’s gross 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
Nordson Corporation $2.00 billion 3.21 $534.78 million $5.02 22.16

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for John Bean Technologies Corporation and Nordson Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
John Bean Technologies Corporation 0 2 5 0 2.71
Nordson Corporation 0 3 5 0 2.63

John Bean Technologies Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $99.33, suggesting a potential upside of 6.93%. Nordson Corporation has a consensus price target of $138.00, suggesting a potential upside of 24.04%. Given Nordson Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Nordson Corporation is more favorable than John Bean Technologies Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares John Bean Technologies Corporation and Nordson Corporation’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%
Nordson Corporation 14.57% 32.99% 10.73%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.3% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.0% of Nordson Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Nordson Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Nordson Corporation beats John Bean Technologies Corporation on 11 of the 16 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 Nordson Corporation

Nordson Corporation engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used to dispense, apply and control adhesives, coatings, polymers, sealants, biomaterials, and other fluids, to test and inspect for quality, and to treat and cure surfaces. The Company’s segments include Adhesive Dispensing Systems, Advanced Technology Systems and Industrial Coating Systems. The Adhesive Dispensing Systems segment delivers its precision dispensing and processing technology to various markets. The Advanced Technology Systems segment integrates its product technologies found in progressive stages of a customer’s production process, such as surface treatment, precisely controlled automated, and post-dispense bond testing, optical inspection and X-ray inspection. The Industrial Coating Systems segment provides equipment used primarily for applying coatings, paint, finishes, sealants and other materials, and for curing and drying of dispensed material.

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