ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) and Grow Condos (OTCMKTS:GRWC) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares ESCO Technologies and Grow Condos’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ESCO Technologies 11.94% 10.06% 5.80%
Grow Condos -736.39% N/A -116.44%

Risk and Volatility

ESCO Technologies has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Grow Condos has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ESCO Technologies and Grow Condos’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ESCO Technologies $771.58 million 2.30 $92.13 million $2.77 24.73
Grow Condos $330,000.00 25.66 -$2.48 million N/A N/A

ESCO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Grow Condos.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for ESCO Technologies and Grow Condos, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ESCO Technologies 0 1 2 0 2.67
Grow Condos 0 0 0 0 N/A

ESCO Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $73.67, indicating a potential upside of 7.53%. Given ESCO Technologies’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe ESCO Technologies is more favorable than Grow Condos.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.7% of ESCO Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of ESCO Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 31.5% of Grow Condos shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

ESCO Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Grow Condos does not pay a dividend. ESCO Technologies pays out 11.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

ESCO Technologies beats Grow Condos on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

ESCO Technologies Company Profile

ESCO Technologies Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and supplies engineered products and systems for utility, industrial, aerospace, and commercial applications worldwide. The company's Filtration segment supplies filtration and fluid control products, including filter elements, manifolds, assemblies, modules, indicators, custom and standard valves, filters, regulators, actuators, and other related components; and elastomeric-based signature reduction solutions. Its RF Shielding and Test segment designs and manufactures RF test facilities, acoustic test enclosures, RF and magnetically shielded rooms, secure communication facilities, RF measurement systems, and broadcast and recording studios; and components, such as RF absorptive materials, RF filters, active compensation systems, antennas, antenna masts, turntables, electric and magnetic probes, RF test cells, proprietary measurement software, and other test accessories to perform various tests. This segment also provides calibration for antennas and field probes, chamber certification, field surveys, customer training, and various product tests. The company's Utility Solutions Group segment develops, manufactures, and delivers diagnostic testing solutions, which include electric power grid and enterprise management systems for electrical equipment. This segment's solutions include protection diagnostics with the Doble Protection Suite and F6000 series, the M4100 and transformational technology of the M7100 Doble Tester, the dobleARMS asset risk management system, and Doble's Enoserv PowerBase and DUCe compliance tools. Its Technical Packaging segment offers thermoformed products and packaging materials for medical, pharmaceutical, retail, food, and electronic applications. The company distributes its products through a network of distributors, sales representatives, direct sales teams, and in-house sales personnel. ESCO Technologies Inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Grow Condos Company Profile

Grow Condos, Inc. operates as a real estate purchaser, developer, and manager of specific use industrial properties in the United States. It provides condo style turn-key grow facilities to support cannabis growers. The company is also involved in the development, lease, ownership, and provision of investment sales opportunities for commercial industrial properties focused in the cannabis production arena. In addition, it offers tenants the option to lease, lease to purchase, or buy the condo warehouse units. Grow Condos, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 and is based in Eagle Point, Oregon.

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