Lydall (NYSE: LDL) and Tennant (NYSE:TNC) are both small-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.


Tennant pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Lydall does not pay a dividend. Tennant pays out 75.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lydall has increased its dividend for 45 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Lydall and Tennant, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lydall 0 0 2 0 3.00
Tennant 0 2 0 0 2.00

Lydall currently has a consensus target price of $62.50, suggesting a potential upside of 18.26%. Tennant has a consensus target price of $65.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.09%. Given Lydall’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Lydall is more favorable than Tennant.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.1% of Lydall shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.4% of Tennant shares are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Lydall shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of Tennant shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lydall and Tennant’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lydall $640.28 million 1.42 $92.46 million $2.45 21.57
Tennant $873.73 million 1.26 $91.45 million $1.12 55.22

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

Volatility & Risk

Lydall has a beta of 1.71, suggesting that its stock price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tennant has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Lydall and Tennant’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lydall 6.56% 17.43% 9.51%
Tennant 2.32% 15.39% 7.19%


Lydall beats Tennant on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lydall

Lydall, Inc. designs and manufactures specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration/separation and thermal/acoustical applications. The Company’s segments are Performance Materials, Technical Nonwovens, Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. The Performance Materials segment includes filtration, thermal insulation and life sciences filtration businesses. The Technical Nonwovens segment includes its industrial filtration and advanced materials products. The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment includes its metal parts and related tooling used in automotive applications. The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment includes its fiber parts business and related tooling used in automotive applications. Its Filtration products include LydAir MG (Micro-Glass) Air Filtration Media, LydAir MB (Melt Blown) Air Filtration Media and Arioso Membrane Composite Media.

About Tennant

Tennant Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing of cleaning solutions. The Company’s segments are Americas; Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. The Company offers a range of products, including floor maintenance and outdoor cleaning equipment, detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies, aftermarket parts and consumables, equipment maintenance and repair service, specialty surface coatings and asset management solutions. Its products are used in various types of environments, including retail establishments, distribution centers, factories and warehouses, public venues such as arenas and stadiums, office buildings, schools and universities, hospitals and clinics, parking lots and streets. The Company markets and sells its products under various brands: Tennant, Nobles, Green Machines, Alfa Uma Empresa Tennant, IRIS, Orbio IPC, IPC Foma, IPC Eagle, IPC Gansow, ICA, Vaclensa, Portotecnica, Sirio and Soteco, Ready System, Euromop, and Pulex.

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