Flow International Corp (NASDAQ: FLOW) and Lydall (NYSE:LDL) are both small-cap industrial machinery companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Flow International Corp and Lydall’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flow International Corp N/A N/A N/A $0.04 101.00
Lydall $566.85 million 1.66 $37.18 million $2.32 23.58

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.5% of Lydall shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Lydall shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Flow International Corp and Lydall, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flow International Corp 1 2 5 0 2.50
Lydall 0 0 2 0 3.00

Flow International Corp presently has a consensus price target of $43.00, suggesting a potential upside of 964.36%. Lydall has a consensus price target of $62.50, suggesting a potential upside of 14.26%. Given Flow International Corp’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Flow International Corp is more favorable than Lydall.

Profitability

This table compares Flow International Corp and Lydall’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flow International Corp N/A N/A N/A
Lydall 6.00% 15.22% 8.40%

Summary

Lydall beats Flow International Corp on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Flow International Corp Company Profile

SPX FLOW, Inc. provides various engineered solutions worldwide. The company engineers, designs, manufactures, and markets products and solutions used to process, blend, filter, dry, meter, and transport fluids with a focus on original equipment installation, including turn-key systems, modular systems, and components, as well as aftermarket components and support services. It operates through three segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. The Food and Beverage segment offers mixing, drying, evaporation, and separation systems and components; heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies; and turn-key systems primarily under the Anhydro, APV, Bran+Luebbe, Gerstenberg Schroeder, LIGHTNIN, Seital, and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell brands. The Power and Energy segment provides pumps, valves, and related accessories primarily for customers in oil and gas, and nuclear and other conventional power industries under the APV, Bran+Luebbe, ClydeUnion Pumps, Copes-Vulcan, Dollinger Filtration, LIGHTNIN, M&J Valve, Plenty, and Vokes brands. The Industrial segment offers air dryers, filtration equipment, mixers, pumps, hydraulic technologies, and heat exchangers under the Airpel, APV, Bolting Systems, Delair, Deltech, Hankison, Jemaco, Johnson Pump, LIGHTNIN, Power Team, and Stone brands. It primarily serves customers in chemical, air treatment, mining, pharmaceutical, marine, shipbuilding, infrastructure construction, general industrial, and water treatment industries. SPX FLOW, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lydall Company Profile

Lydall, Inc. designs and manufactures specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration/separation and thermal/acoustical applications. The Company’s segments are Performance Materials, Technical Nonwovens, Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. The Performance Materials segment includes filtration, thermal insulation and life sciences filtration businesses. The Technical Nonwovens segment includes its industrial filtration and advanced materials products. The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment includes its metal parts and related tooling used in automotive applications. The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment includes its fiber parts business and related tooling used in automotive applications. Its Filtration products include LydAir MG (Micro-Glass) Air Filtration Media, LydAir MB (Melt Blown) Air Filtration Media and Arioso Membrane Composite Media.

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