Paragon Technologies (OTCMKTS:PGNT) and ChampionX (NYSE:CHX) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Paragon Technologies and ChampionX’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Paragon Technologies N/A N/A N/A
ChampionX -57.05% 6.94% 3.41%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Paragon Technologies and ChampionX’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Paragon Technologies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
ChampionX $1.13 billion 0.66 $52.16 million $0.99 9.75

ChampionX has higher revenue and earnings than Paragon Technologies.

Risk and Volatility

Paragon Technologies has a beta of 0.07, meaning that its share price is 93% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ChampionX has a beta of 3.57, meaning that its share price is 257% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Paragon Technologies and ChampionX, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Paragon Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
ChampionX 0 0 2 0 3.00

ChampionX has a consensus target price of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 39.90%. Given ChampionX’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe ChampionX is more favorable than Paragon Technologies.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.5% of ChampionX shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Paragon Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of ChampionX shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

ChampionX beats Paragon Technologies on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Paragon Technologies

Paragon Technologies, Inc. engages in business activities including material handling, distribution, real estate, and investments. The company was founded on June 18, 1958 and is headquartered in Easton, PA.

About ChampionX

As of June 3, 2020, ChampionX Holding Inc. was acquired by Apergy Corporation. Championx Holding Inc. engages in upstream business. The company offers technology-driven chemistry programs and value-enabling solutions and services to the global upstream oil and natural gas industry. It provides reservoir management, onshore and offshore production, midstream management, and water capabilities. Championx Holding Inc. was formerly known as Nalco Champion. The company was incorporated in 2019 and is based in Sugar Land, Texas.

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