Lydall (NYSE: LDL) and John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE:JBT) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Lydall and John Bean Technologies Corporation’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%
John Bean Technologies Corporation 5.32% 29.18% 6.95%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lydall and John Bean Technologies Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lydall $640.28 million 1.58 $92.46 million $2.45 23.94
John Bean Technologies Corporation $1.49 billion 2.20 $166.80 million $2.59 40.06

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

Volatility and Risk

Lydall has a beta of 1.72, suggesting that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Bean Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Lydall and John Bean Technologies Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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

Lydall presently has a consensus target price of $62.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.56%. John Bean Technologies Corporation has a consensus target price of $99.33, suggesting a potential downside of 4.26%. Given Lydall’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Lydall is more favorable than John Bean Technologies Corporation.

Dividends

John Bean Technologies Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Lydall does not pay a dividend. John Bean Technologies Corporation pays out 15.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. John Bean Technologies Corporation has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.1% of Lydall shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Lydall shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

John Bean Technologies Corporation beats Lydall on 10 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 John Bean Technologies Corporation

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.

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