Blount International (NYSE: BLT) and Hardinge (NASDAQ:HDNG) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Blount International and Hardinge, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blount International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hardinge 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Hardinge pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Blount International does not pay a dividend. Hardinge pays out 36.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

71.4% of Hardinge shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.5% of Hardinge shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Blount International and Hardinge’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blount International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hardinge $296.76 million 0.63 $16.45 million $0.22 65.64

Hardinge has higher revenue and earnings than Blount International.

Profitability

This table compares Blount International and Hardinge’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blount International -10.78% -75.34% -12.19%
Hardinge 0.94% 4.61% 2.45%

Summary

Hardinge beats Blount International on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Blount International Company Profile

Blount International, Inc. (Blount) designs, manufactures, and markets equipment, replacement and component parts, and accessories for professionals and consumers. The Company operates in two business segments: Forestry, Lawn, and Garden (FLAG) segment, and Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture (FRAG). The FLAG segment manufactures and markets cutting chain, guide bars and drive sprockets for chain saw use, and lawnmower and other cutting blades for outdoor power equipment. The FLAG segment also purchases replacement parts and accessories from other manufacturers and markets them, under Blount ‘s brands. The FRAG segment designs, manufactures, assembles and markets attachments and implements for tractors in mowing, cutting, clearing, material handling, landscaping and grounds maintenance applications, as well as log splitters, post-hole diggers, self-propelled lawnmowers, attachments for off-highway construction equipment applications, and other general purpose tractor attachments.

Hardinge Company Profile

Hardinge Inc. (Hardinge) is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of machine tools, specializing in precision computer numerically controlled metalcutting machines and workholding technology solutions. The Company supplies high precision computer controlled metalcutting turning machines, grinding machines, machining centers and repair parts related to those machines. It also engineers and supplies high precision, standard and specialty workholding devices, and other machine tool accessories. It operates through two segments: Metalcutting Machine Solutions (MMS), and Aftermarket Tooling and Accessories (ATA). The MMS segment includes high precision computer controlled metalcutting turning machines, vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, and grinding machines. The ATA segment includes products, primarily collets and chucks that are purchased by manufacturers throughout the lives of their Hardinge or other branded machines.

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