John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE: JBT) and EnPro Industries (NYSE:NPO) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.3% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.4% of EnPro Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of EnPro Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

John Bean Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnPro Industries has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for John Bean Technologies Corporation and EnPro Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
John Bean Technologies Corporation 0 2 5 0 2.71
EnPro Industries 0 0 2 0 3.00

John Bean Technologies Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $99.33, indicating a potential upside of 4.45%. EnPro Industries has a consensus price target of $85.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.38%. Given EnPro Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe EnPro Industries is more favorable than John Bean Technologies Corporation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares John Bean Technologies Corporation and EnPro Industries’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
John Bean Technologies Corporation $1.49 billion 2.02 $166.80 million $2.59 36.72
EnPro Industries $1.18 billion 1.33 $162.20 million $0.85 86.67

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

Dividends

John Bean Technologies Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. EnPro Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. John Bean Technologies Corporation pays out 15.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. EnPro Industries pays out 103.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. John Bean Technologies Corporation has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares John Bean Technologies Corporation and EnPro Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
John Bean Technologies Corporation 5.32% 29.18% 6.95%
EnPro Industries 1.56% 8.71% 2.06%

Summary

John Bean Technologies Corporation beats EnPro Industries on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

John Bean Technologies Corporation Company Profile

John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a technology solutions provider to the segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. It operates through two segments: JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech. The JBT FoodTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically food processing systems used for fruit juice production, frozen food production, in-container food production, automated systems and convenience food preparation by the food industry. The product offerings of its FoodTech businesses include Protein, Liquid Foods and Automated Systems. The JBT AeroTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically airport ground support and gate equipment and provides services for airport authorities; airlines, airfreight, and ground handling companies; the defense contractors, and other industries. The product offerings of its AeroTech businesses include Mobile Equipment, Fixed Equipment and Airport Services.

EnPro Industries Company Profile

EnPro Industries, Inc. is engaged in the designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing engineered industrial products. It operates through three segments. The Sealing Products segment includes three operating divisions: Garlock, which designs, manufactures and sells sealing products; Technetics, which designs, manufactures and sells metal seals and elastomeric seals, among others, and Stemco LP (Stemco), which designs, manufactures and sells heavy-duty truck wheel-end components and systems. The Engineered Products segment includes two industrial products businesses: GGB, which designs, manufactures and sells self-lubricating, non-rolling, metal polymer and engineered plastics, among others, and Compressor Products International, which designs, manufactures, sells and services components. The Power Systems segment includes Fairbanks Morse business, which designs, manufactures, sells and services heavy-duty, medium-speed diesel, natural gas and dual fuel reciprocating engines.

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