Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP) and Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK) are both large-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Roper Technologies and Stanley Black & Decker, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Roper Technologies 0 2 7 0 2.78
Stanley Black & Decker 0 3 10 0 2.77

Roper Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $240.60, suggesting a potential upside of 1.16%. Stanley Black & Decker has a consensus target price of $152.33, suggesting a potential upside of 2.90%. Given Stanley Black & Decker’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Stanley Black & Decker is more favorable than Roper Technologies.

Volatility & Risk

Roper Technologies has a beta of 1.05, suggesting that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stanley Black & Decker has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Stanley Black & Decker pays an annual dividend of $2.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Roper Technologies pays out 21.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Stanley Black & Decker pays out 32.3% 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. Roper Technologies has raised its dividend for 49 consecutive years and Stanley Black & Decker has raised its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Roper Technologies and Stanley Black & Decker’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Roper Technologies $4.18 billion 5.82 $1.41 billion $6.68 35.60
Stanley Black & Decker $11.84 billion 1.91 $1.91 billion $7.80 18.98

Stanley Black & Decker has higher revenue and earnings than Roper Technologies. Stanley Black & Decker 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 and Institutional Ownership

94.4% of Roper Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.7% of Stanley Black & Decker shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Stanley Black & Decker shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Roper Technologies and Stanley Black & Decker’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Roper Technologies 16.44% 13.66% 6.07%
Stanley Black & Decker 9.92% 15.36% 5.81%

Summary

Roper Technologies beats Stanley Black & Decker on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Roper Technologies Company Profile

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.

Stanley Black & Decker Company Profile

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. is a global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions, such as automatic doors and commercial locking systems, electronic security and monitoring systems, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and products and services for various industrial applications. The Company’s segments include Tools & Storage, Security and Industrial. Its Tools & Storage segment consists of the Power Tools and Hand Tools, Accessories and Storage businesses. Its Security segment consists of the Convergent Security Solutions and Mechanical Access Solutions businesses. Its Industrial segment consists of the Engineered Fastening and Infrastructure businesses. It offers brands, such as SIDCHROME, AeroScout, DEWALT, Newell Tools and Craftsman, Irwin, Lenox, Craftsman, BLACK+DECKER, SONITROL, Warren, GRIPCO, Porter-Cable, BOSTITCH and WanderGuard.

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