Gardner Denver Holdings (NYSE: GDI) and SPX Corp (NYSE:SPXC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Gardner Denver Holdings and SPX Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gardner Denver Holdings N/A N/A N/A
SPX Corp -2.37% -15.86% -1.74%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Gardner Denver Holdings and SPX Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gardner Denver Holdings 0 1 9 0 2.90
SPX Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Gardner Denver Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $27.63, indicating a potential upside of 0.38%. Given Gardner Denver Holdings’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Gardner Denver Holdings is more favorable than SPX Corp.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Gardner Denver Holdings and SPX Corp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gardner Denver Holdings $2.10 billion 2.57 $214.25 million N/A N/A
SPX Corp $1.43 billion 0.87 $88.70 million ($1.83) -16.03

Gardner Denver Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than SPX Corp.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.5% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.4% of SPX Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of SPX Corp shares are owned by company 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.

Summary

Gardner Denver Holdings beats SPX Corp on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gardner Denver Holdings Company Profile

Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc. is a global provider of mission-critical flow control and compression equipments and associated aftermarket parts, consumables and services. The Company operates through three business segments: Industry, Energy and Medical. Industry segment designs, manufactures, markets and services a range of air compression, vacuum and blower products. Energy segment supplies positive displacement pumps, liquid ring vacuum pumps, compressors and integrated systems, engineered fluid loading and transfer equipment and associated aftermarket parts. Medical segment designs, manufactures and supplies medical equipment, laboratory vacuum and automated liquid handling end-markets The Company’s products are sold under a range of brands namely Gardner Denver, CompAir, Nash, Emco Wheaton, Robuschi, Elmo Rietschle and Thomas.

SPX Corp Company Profile

SPX Corporation is a global supplier of infrastructure equipment. The Company operates through three segments: HVAC; Detection and Measurement, and Engineered Solutions. The HVAC solutions offered by its businesses include package cooling towers, residential and commercial boilers, heating and ventilation products. Its detection and measurement product lines encompass underground pipe and cable locators, and inspection equipment. Within its power platform, it is a manufacturer of medium and large power transformers, as well as equipment for various types of power plant, including cooling equipment, heat exchangers and pollution control systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in approximately 15 countries.

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