Snap-On (NYSE: SNA) and Edwards Group Ltd – (NASDAQ:EVAC) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Snap-On and Edwards Group Ltd -‘s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Snap-On $3.43 billion 2.68 $546.40 million $9.73 16.56
Edwards Group Ltd – N/A N/A N/A $0.66 N/A

Snap-On has higher revenue and earnings than Edwards Group Ltd -. Edwards Group Ltd – is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Snap-On, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Snap-On and Edwards Group Ltd -‘s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Snap-On 15.95% 20.82% 11.72%
Edwards Group Ltd – N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.8% of Snap-On shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of Snap-On shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Snap-On pays an annual dividend of $3.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Edwards Group Ltd – does not pay a dividend. Snap-On pays out 33.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Snap-On has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Snap-On and Edwards Group Ltd -, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Snap-On 0 2 7 0 2.78
Edwards Group Ltd – 0 0 0 0 N/A

Snap-On presently has a consensus price target of $192.00, indicating a potential upside of 19.17%.

Summary

Snap-On beats Edwards Group Ltd – on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Snap-On Company Profile

Snap-on Incorporated is a manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions. The Company’s segments include the Commercial & Industrial Group, the Snap-on Tools Group, the Repair Systems & Information Group, and Financial Services. The Commercial & Industrial Group consists of business operations serving a range of industrial and commercial customers, including customers in the aerospace, natural resources, government, power generation, transportation and technical education markets. The Snap-on Tools Group consists of business operations primarily serving vehicle service and repair technicians. The Repair Systems & Information Group consists of business operations serving other professional vehicle repair customers, primarily owners and managers of independent repair shops and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) dealership service and repair shops. Financial Services consists of the business operations of its finance subsidiaries.

Edwards Group Ltd – Company Profile

Edwards Group Limited (Edwards) a global industrial technology company, is a manufacturer of vacuum products and abatement systems and a provider of related value-added services. The Company sells its products, systems and services across several targeted market sectors, Semiconductor, General Vacuum and Emerging Technologies, each of which contains several sub-sectors. As of December 31, 2011, Edwards operated 11 manufacturing and systemization sites in seven countries. Its vacuum products include a range of dry pumps, turbomolecular pumps and other vacuum pumps. Its abatement systems include customized solutions, which integrate vacuum and exhaust management technologies. Abatement products are used to manage exhaust gases and other process byproducts extracted by dry pumps. Its value-added services include equipment monitoring, repair and overhaul, remanufacturing, service upgrades and provision of spare parts.

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