Crane (NYSE: CR) is one of 57 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Crane to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Crane pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Crane pays out 60.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 35.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.4% of Crane shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Crane shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Crane and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crane 0 5 6 0 2.55
Crane Competitors 390 1898 1913 36 2.38

Crane presently has a consensus target price of $74.57, indicating a potential downside of 2.86%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 6.95%. Given Crane’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Crane has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Crane and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Crane $2.75 billion $482.00 million 35.38
Crane Competitors $2.22 billion $351.87 million 23.77

Crane has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Crane is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Crane has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crane’s competitors have a beta of 1.21, meaning that their average stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Crane and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crane 4.79% 20.57% 7.49%
Crane Competitors 1.58% 6.82% 4.66%

Summary

Crane beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Crane Company Profile

Crane Co. (Crane) is a manufacturer of engineered industrial products. The Company operates through four segments, including Fluid Handling, Payment & Merchandising Technologies, Aerospace & Electronics, and Engineered Materials. The Fluid Handling segment is a provider of engineered fluid handling equipment, including Process Valves and Related Products, Commercial Valves and Other Products. The Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment includes Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) and Merchandising Systems. The Aerospace & Electronics segment supplies various components and systems, including original equipment and aftermarket parts, primarily for the commercial aerospace and military aerospace, and defense markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels and coils, primarily for use in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles (RVs), truck bodies, truck trailers, with additional applications in commercial and industrial buildings.

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