Luxfer (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Hydrogenics (NASDAQ:HYGS) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Luxfer and Hydrogenics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Luxfer $441.30 million 1.22 $11.50 million $0.95 21.47
Hydrogenics $48.05 million 1.91 -$11.14 million ($0.80) -7.44

Luxfer has higher revenue and earnings than Hydrogenics. Hydrogenics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Luxfer, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.6% of Luxfer shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.8% of Hydrogenics shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.1% of Hydrogenics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Luxfer and Hydrogenics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Luxfer 0 0 1 0 3.00
Hydrogenics 0 1 2 0 2.67

Luxfer currently has a consensus target price of $23.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.75%. Hydrogenics has a consensus target price of $9.33, suggesting a potential upside of 56.86%. Given Hydrogenics’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hydrogenics is more favorable than Luxfer.


Luxfer pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Hydrogenics does not pay a dividend. Luxfer pays out 26.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Luxfer and Hydrogenics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Luxfer 4.51% 19.79% 8.28%
Hydrogenics -20.82% -46.22% -15.23%

Risk and Volatility

Luxfer has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hydrogenics has a beta of 0.72, meaning that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Luxfer beats Hydrogenics on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Luxfer

Luxfer Holdings PLC, a materials technology company, designs, manufactures, and supplies high-performance materials, components, and high-pressure gas-containment devices for transportation, defense and emergency response, healthcare, and general industrial applications in Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Gas Cylinders and Elektron. The Gas Cylinders segment manufactures and markets aluminum and composite cylinders and systems, which are used in self-contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers, alternative fuels, bulk gas transportation, specialty gases, medical, beverages, scuba, and aerospace applications under the Luxfer Gas Cylinders brand. This segment also designs and manufactures aluminum, titanium, and magnesium plates for use in aerospace, automotive, rail, and medical products under the Superform brand. The Elektron segment focuses on specialty materials based on magnesium, zirconium, and rare earths. It develops and manufactures magnesium alloys; magnesium powders; and magnesium, copper, and zinc photoengraving plates. This segment also develops and manufactures specialty zirconium products, including zirconium-based materials, zirconium oxides, fiber-optic fuel cells, and other products. The company was founded in 1898 and is based in Manchester, the United Kingdom.

About Hydrogenics

Hydrogenics Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and manufactures hydrogen generation products based on water electrolysis technology; and fuel cell products based on proton exchange membrane technology. It operates in two segments, OnSite Generation and Power Systems. The OnSite Generation segment develops products for industrial gas, hydrogen fueling, and renewable energy storage markets. It offers HySTAT fueling station that supply on-site hydrogen for various industrial applications. This segment sells its products to merchant gas companies and oil and gas companies. The Power Systems segment develops products for energy storage, stationary, and motive power applications. This segment offers HyPM platform for mobility applications; and Celerity and CelerityPlus solutions for medium and heavy duty buses and trucks. This segment sells its products to OEMs and other integrators, as well as to military, aerospace, and other early adopters of emerging technologies. The company markets its products through direct sales force and a network of distributors worldwide. It also provides engineering services. Hydrogenics Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada.

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