Crane (NYSE: CR) and Dover Corporation (NYSE:DOV) are both mid-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Crane and Dover Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crane $2.75 billion 1.62 $482.00 million $2.17 34.37
Dover Corporation $7.29 billion 1.88 $1.22 billion $3.99 22.04

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

Dividends

Crane pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Dover Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Crane pays out 60.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Dover Corporation pays out 47.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Dover Corporation has raised its dividend for 61 consecutive years. Dover Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.7% of Crane shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.1% of Dover Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Crane shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Dover Corporation shares are held 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Crane and Dover Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crane 0 5 6 0 2.55
Dover Corporation 0 10 6 0 2.38

Crane presently has a consensus target price of $74.57, suggesting a potential downside of 0.02%. Dover Corporation has a consensus target price of $88.40, suggesting a potential upside of 0.52%. Given Dover Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Dover Corporation is more favorable than Crane.

Volatility and Risk

Crane has a beta of 1.11, indicating that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dover Corporation has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Crane and Dover Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crane 4.79% 20.57% 7.49%
Dover Corporation 8.61% 13.36% 5.22%

Summary

Dover Corporation beats Crane on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crane

Crane Co. (Crane) is a manufacturer of engineered industrial products. The Company operates through four segments, including Fluid Handling, Payment & Merchandising Technologies, Aerospace & Electronics, and Engineered Materials. The Fluid Handling segment is a provider of engineered fluid handling equipment, including Process Valves and Related Products, Commercial Valves and Other Products. The Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment includes Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) and Merchandising Systems. The Aerospace & Electronics segment supplies various components and systems, including original equipment and aftermarket parts, primarily for the commercial aerospace and military aerospace, and defense markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels and coils, primarily for use in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles (RVs), truck bodies, truck trailers, with additional applications in commercial and industrial buildings.

About Dover Corporation

Dover Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer delivering equipment and components, specialty systems, consumable supplies, software and digital solutions and support services. The Company’s segments include Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. The Company’s Energy segment is a provider of solutions and services for production and processing of fuels around the world. Its Engineered Systems segment includes two platforms: Printing & Identification, and Industrials and is focused on the design, manufacture and service of critical equipment and components serving the fast-moving consumer goods, digital textile printing and industrial end markets. Its Fluids segment is focused on the safe handling of critical fluids across the retail fueling, chemical, and industrial end markets. The Refrigeration & Food Equipment segment is a provider of energy efficient equipment and systems serving the commercial refrigeration and food equipment end markets.

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