Eaton Corporation, PLC (NYSE: ETN) and Global Power Equipment Group (OTCMKTS:GLPW) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.8% of Eaton Corporation, PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.5% of Global Power Equipment Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Eaton Corporation, PLC shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Global Power Equipment Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Eaton Corporation, PLC and Global Power Equipment Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eaton Corporation, PLC 14.21% 12.89% 6.43%
Global Power Equipment Group N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Eaton Corporation, PLC and Global Power Equipment Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eaton Corporation, PLC 3 11 6 0 2.15
Global Power Equipment Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Eaton Corporation, PLC currently has a consensus price target of $82.54, suggesting a potential upside of 8.72%. Given Eaton Corporation, PLC’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Eaton Corporation, PLC is more favorable than Global Power Equipment Group.

Risk and Volatility

Eaton Corporation, PLC has a beta of 1.39, indicating that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Power Equipment Group has a beta of 2.2, indicating that its share price is 120% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Eaton Corporation, PLC pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Global Power Equipment Group does not pay a dividend. Eaton Corporation, PLC pays out 37.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Global Power Equipment Group has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Eaton Corporation, PLC and Global Power Equipment Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eaton Corporation, PLC $19.75 billion 1.69 $1.92 billion $6.37 11.92
Global Power Equipment Group $418.59 million 0.16 -$43.61 million ($2.52) -1.45

Eaton Corporation, PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Global Power Equipment Group. Global Power Equipment Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Eaton Corporation, PLC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Eaton Corporation, PLC beats Global Power Equipment Group on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Eaton Corporation, PLC Company Profile

Eaton Corporation (Eaton) is a diversified power management company. It is engaged in the manufacturing of electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use, and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. On January 1, 2011, it closed the acquisition of the Tuthill Coupling Group, which is a division of the Tuthill Corporation. It has five segments: Electrical Americas and Electrical Rest of World; Hydraulics; Aerospace; Truck, and Automotive. On October 1, 2010, it acquired CopperLogic, Inc. On July 15, 2010, it acquired EMC Engineers, Inc. In May 2011, it acquired Internormen Technology Group. In August 2011, it acquired IE Power, Inc. In December 2011, it acquired E.A. Pedersen Company.

Global Power Equipment Group Company Profile

Global Power Equipment Group Inc. is a design, engineering and manufacturing company providing an array of equipment and services to the global power infrastructure, energy and process industries. The Products segment includes two primary product categories: Electrical Solutions, which provides custom-configured electrical houses and generator enclosures for various industries. The Services segment provides lifecycle maintenance, repair, on-site specialty support, outage management, construction and fabrication services for the power generation, industrial, chemical/petrochemical processing, and oil and gas industries. Its products portfolio span from auxiliary equipment for gas turbines to small, high alloy parts, such as seals, shims and brackets. It also offers a range of services that have been managing plant asset value, including general and specialty construction, maintenance and modification, and plant management support services.

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