Mueller Water Products (NYSE:MWA) and Hebron Technology (NASDAQ:HEBT) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Dividends

Mueller Water Products pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Hebron Technology does not pay a dividend. Mueller Water Products pays out 37.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Mueller Water Products has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Mueller Water Products has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hebron Technology has a beta of 0.31, indicating that its stock price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.7% of Mueller Water Products shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.6% of Hebron Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Mueller Water Products shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Mueller Water Products and Hebron Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mueller Water Products 11.53% 15.84% 6.89%
Hebron Technology N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Mueller Water Products and Hebron Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mueller Water Products 1 3 3 0 2.29
Hebron Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Mueller Water Products currently has a consensus price target of $13.10, suggesting a potential upside of 25.12%. Given Mueller Water Products’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Mueller Water Products is more favorable than Hebron Technology.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mueller Water Products and Hebron Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mueller Water Products $916.00 million 1.81 $105.60 million $0.53 19.75
Hebron Technology $29.20 million 0.64 $7.13 million N/A N/A

Mueller Water Products has higher revenue and earnings than Hebron Technology.

Summary

Mueller Water Products beats Hebron Technology on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mueller Water Products

Mueller Water Products, Inc. manufactures and markets products and services for use in the transmission, distribution, and measurement of water in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It operates through Infrastructure and Technologies segments. The Infrastructure segment offers valves for water and gas systems, including iron gate, butterfly, tapping, check, knife, plug, automatic control, and ball valves; dry-barrel and wet-barrel fire hydrants; pipe repair products, such as clamps and couplings used to repair leaks under the Mueller and Jones brand names; small valves, meter bars, and line stopper fittings for use in gas systems; and machines and tools for tapping, drilling, extracting, installing, and stopping-off. This segment sells its products primarily through waterworks distributors to various end user customers, including municipalities, water and wastewater utilities, gas utilities, and fire protection and construction contractors. The Technologies segment provides residential and commercial water metering products and systems; and leak detection and pipe condition assessment products and services primarily to municipalities and waterworks distributors, as well as to end users. Mueller Water Products, Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

About Hebron Technology

Hebron Technology Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, manufacture, and installation of valves, pipe fittings, and other products primarily for use in pharmaceutical engineering sector in the People's Republic of China. The company offers diaphragm valves, angle seat valves, sanitary centrifugal and liquid-ring pumps, clean-in-place return pumps, sanitary ball valves, and sanitary pipe fittings. It also provides pipeline design, installation, construction, ongoing maintenance, and after-sales services. The company offers its fluid equipment and installation services for use in the pharmaceutical, biological, food and beverage, and other clean industries. Hebron Technology Co., Ltd. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Wenzhou, the People's Republic of China.

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