Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) and SPX Corp (NASDAQ:SPXC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.


Actuant Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. SPX Corp does not pay a dividend. Actuant Corporation pays out 4.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Actuant Corporation and SPX Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Actuant Corporation $1.10 billion 1.31 $135.13 million $0.82 29.33
SPX Corp $1.45 billion 0.76 $101.70 million N/A N/A

Actuant Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than SPX Corp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Actuant Corporation and SPX Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Actuant Corporation 0 8 4 0 2.33
SPX Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Actuant Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $26.50, indicating a potential upside of 10.19%. Given Actuant Corporation’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Actuant Corporation is more favorable than SPX Corp.


This table compares Actuant Corporation and SPX Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Actuant Corporation 4.56% 10.58% 3.89%
SPX Corp -2.37% -15.86% -1.74%


Actuant Corporation beats SPX Corp on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Actuant Corporation

Actuant Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes a range of industrial products and systems to various end markets. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Company’s Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Company’s Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil and gas, power generation and other energy markets. The Company’s Engineered Solutions segment provides engineered position and motion control systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as various other products to the industrial and agricultural markets.

About SPX Corp

SPX Corporation is a global supplier of infrastructure equipment. The Company operates through three segments: HVAC; Detection and Measurement, and Engineered Solutions. The HVAC solutions offered by its businesses include package cooling towers, residential and commercial boilers, heating and ventilation products. Its detection and measurement product lines encompass underground pipe and cable locators, and inspection equipment. Within its power platform, it is a manufacturer of medium and large power transformers, as well as equipment for various types of power plant, including cooling equipment, heat exchangers and pollution control systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in approximately 15 countries.

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