Flow International (NASDAQ: FLOW) and Albany International (NYSE:AIN) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.


This table compares Flow International and Albany International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flow International N/A N/A N/A
Albany International 3.58% 9.44% 3.94%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Flow International and Albany International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flow International 1 2 3 0 2.33
Albany International 0 1 0 0 2.00

Flow International presently has a consensus target price of $43.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.29%. Given Flow International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Flow International is more favorable than Albany International.


Albany International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Flow International does not pay a dividend. Albany International pays out 70.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Flow International and Albany International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flow International N/A N/A N/A $0.04 1,135.00
Albany International $863.72 million 2.34 $52.73 million $0.96 65.47

Albany International has higher revenue and earnings than Flow International. Albany International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Flow International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.5% of Albany International shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of Albany International shares are owned 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.


Albany International beats Flow International on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Flow International

SPX FLOW, Inc. provides various engineered solutions worldwide. The company engineers, designs, manufactures, and markets products and solutions used to process, blend, filter, dry, meter, and transport fluids with a focus on original equipment installation, including turn-key systems, modular systems, and components, as well as aftermarket components and support services. It operates through three segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. The Food and Beverage segment offers mixing, drying, evaporation, and separation systems and components; heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies; and turn-key systems primarily under the Anhydro, APV, Bran+Luebbe, Gerstenberg Schroeder, LIGHTNIN, Seital, and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell brands. The Power and Energy segment provides pumps, valves, and related accessories primarily for customers in oil and gas, and nuclear and other conventional power industries under the APV, Bran+Luebbe, ClydeUnion Pumps, Copes-Vulcan, Dollinger Filtration, LIGHTNIN, M&J Valve, Plenty, and Vokes brands. The Industrial segment offers air dryers, filtration equipment, mixers, pumps, hydraulic technologies, and heat exchangers under the Airpel, APV, Bolting Systems, Delair, Deltech, Hankison, Jemaco, Johnson Pump, LIGHTNIN, Power Team, and Stone brands. It primarily serves customers in chemical, air treatment, mining, pharmaceutical, marine, shipbuilding, infrastructure construction, general industrial, and water treatment industries. SPX FLOW, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

About Albany International

Albany International Corp. is focused on textiles and materials processing business. The Company operates through two segments: Machine Clothing and Albany Engineered Composites. The Company’s Machine Clothing segment supplies permeable and impermeable belts used in the manufacture of paper, paperboard, nonwovens, fiber cement and various other industrial applications. The Machine Clothing segment also supplies customized, consumable fabrics used in the manufacturing process in the pulp, corrugator, nonwovens, fiber cement, building products, and tannery and textile industries. Its Albany Engineered Composites segment includes Albany Safran Composites, LLC (ASC), in which its customer SAFRAN Group owns interest and provides engineered composite structures based on its technology to customers in the aerospace and defense industries.

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