SPX Corp (NASDAQ: SPXC) and Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) (NYSE:IR) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.6% of Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) shares are owned 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.


This table compares SPX Corp and Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SPX Corp -2.37% -15.86% -1.74%
Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) 7.60% 16.64% 6.40%


Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. SPX Corp does not pay a dividend. Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) pays out 44.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SPX Corp has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SPX Corp and Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland)’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SPX Corp $1.43 billion 0.81 $88.70 million N/A N/A
Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) $13.84 billion 1.63 $1.98 billion $4.02 22.12

Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) has higher revenue and earnings than SPX Corp.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for SPX Corp and Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland), as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SPX Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) 0 7 5 0 2.42

Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) has a consensus price target of $99.83, suggesting a potential upside of 12.27%. Given Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland)’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) is more favorable than SPX Corp.


Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) beats SPX Corp on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SPX Corp

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.

About Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland)

Ingersoll-Rand Public Limited Company provides products, services and solutions to improve the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables. The Company’s business segments include Climate and Industrial. It is engaged in the design, manufacture, sale and service of a portfolio of industrial and commercial products that include brand names, such as Ingersoll-Rand, Trane, American Standard, ARO and Club Car. Its Climate segment includes Trane and American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning, which provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and commercial and residential building services, parts, support and controls. It offers energy services and building automation through Trane Building Advantage and Nexia. Its Industrial segment includes compressed air and gas systems and services, power tools, material handling systems, ARO fluid management equipment, as well as Club Car golf, utility and rough terrain vehicles.

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