SPX FLOW (NYSE: FLOW) is one of 58 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare SPX FLOW to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and risk.

Risk and Volatility

SPX FLOW has a beta of 2.7, suggesting that its share price is 170% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SPX FLOW’s peers have a beta of 1.21, suggesting that their average share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.2% of SPX FLOW shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.1% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of SPX FLOW shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for SPX FLOW and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SPX FLOW 1 1 2 0 2.25
SPX FLOW Competitors 394 1911 1931 36 2.38

SPX FLOW presently has a consensus price target of $32.67, indicating a potential downside of 16.41%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 4.38%. Given SPX FLOW’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SPX FLOW has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares SPX FLOW and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SPX FLOW 0.26% 5.87% 1.76%
SPX FLOW Competitors 1.65% 6.97% 4.71%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SPX FLOW and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SPX FLOW $1.89 billion $190.40 million 355.31
SPX FLOW Competitors $2.17 billion $344.43 million 24.83

SPX FLOW’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than SPX FLOW. SPX FLOW is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

SPX FLOW peers beat SPX FLOW on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

SPX FLOW Company Profile

SPX FLOW, Inc. is a global supplier of engineered solutions. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in over 30 countries and sales in over 150 countries around the world. The Company operates in three business segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. Its product portfolio of pumps, valves, mixers, filters, air dryers, hydraulic tools, homogenizers, separators and heat exchangers, along with the related aftermarket parts and services, supports global industries, including food and beverage, oil and gas, power generation, chemical processing, compressed air and mining. The Food and Beverage segment’s products include mixing, drying, evaporation and separation systems and components, heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies. Its products in the Power and Energy segment include pumps, valves and the related accessories. Its products in the Industrial segment are filtration equipment, hydraulic technologies and heat exchangers.

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