KLX (NASDAQ: KLXI) and Gardner Denver Holdings (NYSE:GDI) are both large-cap aerospace companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.9% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of KLX shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares KLX and Gardner Denver Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KLX $1.53 billion 1.86 $48.20 million $1.50 36.63
Gardner Denver Holdings $1.94 billion 2.94 -$36.62 million N/A N/A

KLX has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Gardner Denver Holdings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for KLX and Gardner Denver Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KLX 0 2 3 0 2.60
Gardner Denver Holdings 0 1 9 0 2.90

KLX currently has a consensus target price of $55.40, indicating a potential upside of 0.82%. Gardner Denver Holdings has a consensus target price of $29.50, indicating a potential upside of 1.34%. Given Gardner Denver Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Gardner Denver Holdings is more favorable than KLX.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KLX 4.83% 4.43% 2.66%
Gardner Denver Holdings N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Gardner Denver Holdings beats KLX on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About KLX

KLX Inc. (KLX) is the distributor and service provider of aerospace fasteners and consumables. The Company offers ranges of aerospace hardware and consumables and inventory management services across the world. The Company operates through two segments: Aerospace Solutions Group (ASG) and Energy Services Group (ESG). The Company’s ASG segment service offerings include inventory management and replenishment, creative and differential supply chain solutions, such as third-party logistics programs, special packaging and bar-coding, parts kitting, quality assurance testing and a range of purchasing assistance programs, plus the electronic data interchange capability. The Company’s ESG segment products and services include onshore completion services, wireline services, fishing services and tools, down-hole completion and production services, pressure control, accommodations and related surface rental equipment, and remanufacturing shops.

About Gardner Denver Holdings

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.

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