Linde (NYSE:LIN) and Minerals Technologies (NYSE:MTX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Linde and Minerals Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Linde $11.44 billion 3.95 $1.25 billion $5.85 26.83
Minerals Technologies $1.68 billion 1.04 $195.10 million $4.59 10.75

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

Profitability

This table compares Linde and Minerals Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Linde 11.93% 28.54% 9.41%
Minerals Technologies 11.38% 12.91% 5.57%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.2% of Linde shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.0% of Minerals Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Linde shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of Minerals Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Linde pays an annual dividend of $3.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Minerals Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Linde pays out 56.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Minerals Technologies pays out 4.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Linde and Minerals Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Linde 1 4 6 0 2.45
Minerals Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Linde currently has a consensus price target of $181.50, suggesting a potential upside of 15.66%. Given Linde’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Linde is more favorable than Minerals Technologies.

Volatility & Risk

Linde has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Minerals Technologies has a beta of 2.16, suggesting that its share price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Linde beats Minerals Technologies on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Linde Company Profile

Linde plc operates as an industrial gas and engineering company. The company offers oxygen, nitrogen, argon, rare gases, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases, acetylene, shielding gases, and noble gases, as well as develops and distributes procedures and systems for gas applications. It also offers pharmaceutical and medical gases and services to the healthcare industry; and support services, technical equipment, and safety products, as well as develops hydrogen technology. In addition, the company supplies wear-resistant and high-temperature corrosion-resistant metallic and ceramic coatings and powders; offers electric arc, plasma and wire spray, and high-velocity oxy-fuel equipment; and distributes hardgoods and welding equipment purchased from independent manufacturers. Further, it provides planning, project development, and construction services with a focus on market segments, such as olefin, natural gas, air separation, and hydrogen and synthesis gas plants. The company serves customers worldwide. Linde plc was founded in 1907 and is based in Guildford, the United Kingdom.

Minerals Technologies Company Profile

Minerals Technologies Inc. develops, produces, and markets various specialty mineral, mineral-based, and synthetic mineral products, and supporting systems and services worldwide. The company's Specialty Minerals segment produces and sells precipitated calcium carbonate and quicklime; and provides natural mineral products comprising limestone and talc. This segment's products are used in paper, building materials, paint and coatings, glass, ceramic, polymer, food, automotive, and pharmaceutical industries. Its Performance Materials segment supplies bentonite and bentonite-related products, as well as chromite and leonardite. This segment offers metal casting products; household, personal care, and specialty products; and basic minerals, environmental products, and building materials. In addition, this segment provides products for non-residential construction, environmental, and infrastructure projects, as well as for construction project customers. It company's Refractories segment offers monolithic and shaped refractory materials; specialty products, services, and application and measurement equipment; and calcium metal and metallurgical wire products that are used in the applications of steel, non-ferrous metal, and glass industries. Its Energy Services segment provides offshore filtration and well testing services to the oil and gas industry. The company markets its products primarily through its direct sales force, as well as regional distributors. Minerals Technologies Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in New York City, New York.

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