Crane (NYSE: CR) and Milacron (NYSE:MCRN) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

68.3% of Crane shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.4% of Milacron shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Crane shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.4% of Milacron shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Crane has a beta of 1.17, suggesting that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Milacron has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Crane and Milacron’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crane 4.96% 20.70% 7.53%
Milacron -0.09% -56.93% 6.76%


Crane pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Milacron does not pay a dividend. Crane pays out 59.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Crane and Milacron, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crane 0 4 7 0 2.64
Milacron 0 0 3 0 3.00

Crane currently has a consensus price target of $92.50, indicating a potential upside of 10.79%. Milacron has a consensus price target of $21.67, indicating a potential upside of 23.88%. Given Milacron’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Milacron is more favorable than Crane.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Crane and Milacron’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crane $2.75 billion 1.80 $122.80 million $2.23 37.44
Milacron $1.17 billion 1.04 $30.50 million ($0.03) -582.81

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


Crane beats Milacron on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crane

Crane Co. (Crane) is a manufacturer of engineered industrial products. The Company operates through four segments, including Fluid Handling, Payment & Merchandising Technologies, Aerospace & Electronics, and Engineered Materials. The Fluid Handling segment is a provider of engineered fluid handling equipment, including Process Valves and Related Products, Commercial Valves and Other Products. The Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment includes Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) and Merchandising Systems. The Aerospace & Electronics segment supplies various components and systems, including original equipment and aftermarket parts, primarily for the commercial aerospace and military aerospace, and defense markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels and coils, primarily for use in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles (RVs), truck bodies, truck trailers, with additional applications in commercial and industrial buildings.

About Milacron

Milacron Holdings Corp. is engaged in the manufacture, distribution, and service of engineered and customized systems used in the plastic technology and processing industry. The Company operates through three segments: Advanced Plastic Processing Technologies (APPT), Melt Delivery and Control Systems (MDCS), and Fluid Technologies. The Company has a product portfolio that includes hot runner systems, injection molding, blow molding and extrusion equipment. It produces process control systems, mold bases and components, and maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and fluid technology. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s products were sold in over 100 countries across six continents. Its customers include original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), molders and mold-makers. Its customer base covers a range of end-market applications, including packaging, automotive, medical, construction, consumer goods and electronics.

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