Gardner Denver Holdings (NYSE: GDI) and KLX (NASDAQ:KLXI) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Gardner Denver Holdings and KLX’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gardner Denver Holdings $2.10 billion 2.72 $214.25 million N/A N/A
KLX $1.60 billion 1.76 $240.70 million $1.50 36.58

KLX has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Gardner Denver Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Gardner Denver Holdings and KLX’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gardner Denver Holdings N/A N/A N/A
KLX 4.83% 4.43% 2.66%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Gardner Denver Holdings and KLX, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gardner Denver Holdings 0 1 9 0 2.90
KLX 0 2 3 0 2.60

Gardner Denver Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $28.50, suggesting a potential downside of 2.06%. KLX has a consensus target price of $55.40, suggesting a potential upside of 0.97%. Given KLX’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe KLX is more favorable than Gardner Denver Holdings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.9% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of KLX shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

KLX beats Gardner Denver Holdings on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gardner Denver Holdings Company Profile

Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc. is a global provider of mission-critical flow control and compression equipments and associated aftermarket parts, consumables and services. The Company operates through three business segments: Industry, Energy and Medical. Industry segment designs, manufactures, markets and services a range of air compression, vacuum and blower products. Energy segment supplies positive displacement pumps, liquid ring vacuum pumps, compressors and integrated systems, engineered fluid loading and transfer equipment and associated aftermarket parts. Medical segment designs, manufactures and supplies medical equipment, laboratory vacuum and automated liquid handling end-markets The Company’s products are sold under a range of brands namely Gardner Denver, CompAir, Nash, Emco Wheaton, Robuschi, Elmo Rietschle and Thomas.

KLX Company Profile

KLX Inc. (KLX) is the distributor and service provider of aerospace fasteners and consumables. The Company offers ranges of aerospace hardware and consumables and inventory management services across the world. The Company operates through two segments: Aerospace Solutions Group (ASG) and Energy Services Group (ESG). The Company’s ASG segment service offerings include inventory management and replenishment, creative and differential supply chain solutions, such as third-party logistics programs, special packaging and bar-coding, parts kitting, quality assurance testing and a range of purchasing assistance programs, plus the electronic data interchange capability. The Company’s ESG segment products and services include onshore completion services, wireline services, fishing services and tools, down-hole completion and production services, pressure control, accommodations and related surface rental equipment, and remanufacturing shops.

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