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

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stanley Black & Decker $11.41 billion 2.23 $965.30 million $7.92 20.96
Pall N/A N/A N/A $3.56 35.71

Stanley Black & Decker has higher revenue and earnings than Pall. Stanley Black & Decker is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pall, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Stanley Black & Decker and Pall, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stanley Black & Decker 0 2 15 0 2.88
Pall 0 0 0 0 N/A

Stanley Black & Decker presently has a consensus target price of $167.73, suggesting a potential upside of 1.05%. Given Stanley Black & Decker’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Stanley Black & Decker is more favorable than Pall.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stanley Black & Decker 9.79% 15.41% 5.76%
Pall 14.12% 24.23% 10.41%

Dividends

Stanley Black & Decker pays an annual dividend of $2.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Pall does not pay a dividend. Stanley Black & Decker pays out 31.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Stanley Black & Decker has raised its dividend for 49 consecutive years and Pall has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.3% of Stanley Black & Decker shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Stanley Black & Decker shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Stanley Black & Decker beats Pall on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Pall Company Profile

Pall Corporation is a filtration, separation and purification company. The Company is a supplier of filtration, separation and purification technologies, principally made by the Company using its engineering capability and fluid management, filter media, and other fluid clarification and separations equipment for the removal of solid, liquid and gaseous contaminants from a variety of liquids and gases. The Company serves customers through two businesses globally: Life Sciences and Industrial. The Life Sciences business group is focused on developing, manufacturing and selling products to customers in the Medical, BioPharmaceuticals and Food & Beverage markets. The Industrial business group is focused on developing, manufacturing and selling products to customers in the Process Technologies, Aerospace and Microelectronics markets.

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