UFP Technologies (NASDAQ: UFPT) and Air Products and Chemicals (NYSE:APD) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for UFP Technologies and Air Products and Chemicals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UFP Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Air Products and Chemicals 1 6 7 0 2.43

Air Products and Chemicals has a consensus price target of $155.57, suggesting a potential upside of 3.37%. Given Air Products and Chemicals’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Air Products and Chemicals is more favorable than UFP Technologies.

Dividends

Air Products and Chemicals pays an annual dividend of $3.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. UFP Technologies does not pay a dividend. Air Products and Chemicals pays out 28.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. UFP Technologies has raised its dividend for 34 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares UFP Technologies and Air Products and Chemicals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UFP Technologies 6.03% 6.86% 6.04%
Air Products and Chemicals 34.63% 17.23% 8.25%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares UFP Technologies and Air Products and Chemicals’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UFP Technologies $148.67 million 1.34 $17.67 million $1.23 22.36
Air Products and Chemicals $9.95 billion 3.30 $3.18 billion $13.33 11.29

Air Products and Chemicals has higher revenue and earnings than UFP Technologies. Air Products and Chemicals is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than UFP Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.2% of UFP Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.9% of Air Products and Chemicals shares are held by institutional investors. 13.3% of UFP Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Air Products and Chemicals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

UFP Technologies has a beta of 0.2, suggesting that its share price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Air Products and Chemicals has a beta of 1.25, suggesting that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Air Products and Chemicals beats UFP Technologies on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About UFP Technologies

UFP Technologies, Inc. is a designer and custom converter of foams, plastics, composites and natural fiber materials. The Company is engaged in providing solutions to customers primarily within the medical, automotive, consumer, electronics, industrial, and aerospace and defense markets. It converts these materials using laminating, molding, and fabricating manufacturing technologies. The Company’s raw materials consist of polyethylene and polyurethane foams, sheet plastics, pulp fiber, cross-linked polyethylene and reticulated polyurethane foams, fabric and foam laminates, and natural fiber materials. The Company converts these materials to provide customers various solutions, including automotive interior trim, medical device components, disposable wound care components, military uniform and gear components, athletic padding, air filtration, high-temperature insulation, abrasive nail files and other beauty aids, and cushion packaging for their products.

About Air Products and Chemicals

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., is an industrial gases company. The Company’s Industrial Gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. The Company is also a supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company operates through five segments: Industrial Gases-Americas, Industrial Gases-Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Industrial Gases-Asia, Industrial Gases-Global, and Corporate and other.

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