Chart Industries (NASDAQ: GTLS) and EXFO (NASDAQ:EXFO) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Chart Industries and EXFO’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chart Industries $859.15 million 1.59 $28.23 million ($0.06) -738.88
EXFO $243.30 million 0.97 $850,000.00 $0.02 215.11

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.7% of Chart Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.0% of EXFO shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of Chart Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.0% of EXFO shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Chart Industries and EXFO’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chart Industries -0.21% 2.25% 1.19%
EXFO 0.35% 5.26% 3.99%

Risk and Volatility

Chart Industries has a beta of 1.3, indicating that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EXFO has a beta of 0.43, indicating that its share price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Chart Industries and EXFO, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chart Industries 0 3 4 0 2.57
EXFO 0 4 1 0 2.20

Chart Industries currently has a consensus target price of $47.83, indicating a potential upside of 7.88%. EXFO has a consensus target price of $5.35, indicating a potential upside of 24.42%. Given EXFO’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe EXFO is more favorable than Chart Industries.

Summary

Chart Industries beats EXFO on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Chart Industries Company Profile

Chart Industries, Inc. is a diversified global manufacturer of engineered equipment, packaged solutions, and value-add services used throughout the industrial gas, energy and biomedical industries. The Company operates through three business segments: Energy & Chemicals (E&C), Distribution & Storage (D&S) and BioMedical. The E&C and D&S segments manufacture products used in energy-related and industrial applications, such as the separation, liquefaction, distribution and storage of hydrocarbon and industrial gases. Through the BioMedical segment, it manufactures and supplies medical devices, including cryogenic and non-cryogenic equipment, used in respiratory healthcare. The Company also manufactures and supplies products for life sciences, including biological research and animal breeding. Applications in the BioMedical segment include Respiratory Therapy, Life Sciences, Commercial Oxygen and Nitrogen Generation.

EXFO Company Profile

EXFO Inc is a Canada-based company, which provides communications service providers (CSPs) and data center, cloud and Web-scale operators with field test, service assurance and analytics solutions to ensure the deployment, maintenance and management of physical, virtual, fixed and mobile networks. It focuses on network infrastructures: fourth generation (4G)/long-term evolution (LTE), wireless backhaul, small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS), 100G network upgrades and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH)/fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC)/fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) deployments. It offers a range of wire line and wireless tests, service assurance and analytics solutions to the global telecommunications industry. Its products include TestFlow; LTB-8 platform; a family of optical time domain reflect meters (OTDRs); iSAM; MaxTester-940 Fiber Certifier optical loss test set (OLTS) for data center and enterprise markets, and the G.fast handheld test set.

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