Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) is one of 18 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Nordson Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Nordson Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nordson Corporation 14.57% 32.99% 10.73%
Nordson Corporation Competitors -24.03% 10.43% 4.25%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nordson Corporation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Nordson Corporation $2.00 billion $548.73 million 23.35
Nordson Corporation Competitors $696.10 million $107.92 million 46.39

Nordson Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Nordson Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Nordson Corporation has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nordson Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.49, indicating that their average share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Nordson Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nordson Corporation 0 3 6 0 2.67
Nordson Corporation Competitors 94 399 337 25 2.34

Nordson Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $138.29, indicating a potential upside of 17.98%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 9.47%. Given Nordson Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Nordson Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.

Dividends

Nordson Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Nordson Corporation pays out 23.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.1% and pay out 34.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Nordson Corporation has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.5% of Nordson Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Nordson Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Nordson Corporation beats its competitors on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Nordson Corporation

Nordson Corporation engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used to dispense, apply and control adhesives, coatings, polymers, sealants, biomaterials, and other fluids, to test and inspect for quality, and to treat and cure surfaces. The Company’s segments include Adhesive Dispensing Systems, Advanced Technology Systems and Industrial Coating Systems. The Adhesive Dispensing Systems segment delivers its precision dispensing and processing technology to various markets. The Advanced Technology Systems segment integrates its product technologies found in progressive stages of a customer’s production process, such as surface treatment, precisely controlled automated, and post-dispense bond testing, optical inspection and X-ray inspection. The Industrial Coating Systems segment provides equipment used primarily for applying coatings, paint, finishes, sealants and other materials, and for curing and drying of dispensed material.

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