Milacron (NYSE: MCRN) and Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Milacron has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Roper Technologies has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Milacron and Roper Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Milacron -0.09% -56.93% 6.76%
Roper Technologies 16.17% 14.47% 6.20%

Dividends

Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Milacron does not pay a dividend. Roper Technologies pays out 20.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Roper Technologies has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Milacron and Roper Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Milacron $1.17 billion 1.05 $30.50 million ($0.03) -587.80
Roper Technologies $3.79 billion 7.04 $658.64 million $6.89 37.82

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Milacron and Roper Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Milacron 0 0 3 0 3.00
Roper Technologies 0 2 8 0 2.80

Milacron presently has a consensus target price of $21.67, indicating a potential upside of 22.83%. Roper Technologies has a consensus target price of $251.91, indicating a potential downside of 3.33%. Given Milacron’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Milacron is more favorable than Roper Technologies.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.7% of Milacron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.8% of Roper Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 3.4% of Milacron shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Roper Technologies beats Milacron on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Roper Technologies

Roper Technologies, Inc. is a technology company. The Company operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products and solutions for various end markets, including healthcare, transportation, commercial construction, food, energy, water, education and academic research. The Company operates in four segments: Medical & Scientific Imaging, which offers products and software in medical applications, and digital imaging products; RF Technology, which provides radio frequency identification (RFID) communication technology and software solutions; Industrial Technology, which produces fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering equipment, and Energy Systems & Controls, which produces control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions.

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