John Bean Technologies (NYSE: JBT) and Xylem (NYSE:XYL) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility and Risk

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John Bean Technologies has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xylem has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares John Bean Technologies and Xylem’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
John Bean Technologies 4.92% 23.93% 7.31%
Xylem 7.03% 17.95% 6.44%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.4% of Xylem shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of John Bean Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of Xylem shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for John Bean Technologies and Xylem, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
John Bean Technologies 1 1 4 0 2.50
Xylem 0 3 8 0 2.73

John Bean Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $108.33, suggesting a potential downside of 6.00%. Xylem has a consensus price target of $71.64, suggesting a potential downside of 7.09%. Given John Bean Technologies’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe John Bean Technologies is more favorable than Xylem.

Dividends

John Bean Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Xylem pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. John Bean Technologies pays out 15.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Xylem pays out 45.7% 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. John Bean Technologies has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares John Bean Technologies and Xylem’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
John Bean Technologies $1.64 billion 2.23 $80.50 million $2.53 45.55
Xylem $4.71 billion 2.95 $331.00 million $1.84 41.90

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

Summary

John Bean Technologies beats Xylem on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

John Bean Technologies Company Profile

John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a technology solutions provider to the segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. It operates through two segments: JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech. The JBT FoodTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically food processing systems used for fruit juice production, frozen food production, in-container food production, automated systems and convenience food preparation by the food industry. The product offerings of its FoodTech businesses include Protein, Liquid Foods and Automated Systems. The JBT AeroTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically airport ground support and gate equipment and provides services for airport authorities; airlines, airfreight, and ground handling companies; the defense contractors, and other industries. The product offerings of its AeroTech businesses include Mobile Equipment, Fixed Equipment and Airport Services.

Xylem Company Profile

Xylem Inc. is a water technology company. The Company designs, manufactures and services engineered solutions across a range of critical applications. It is an equipment and service provider for water and wastewater applications with a portfolio of products and services addressing the cycle of water, from collection, distribution and use to the return of water to the environment. It has three business segments, which include Water Infrastructure, Applied Water and Sensus. Water Infrastructure focuses on the transportation, treatment and testing of water, offering a range of products, including water and wastewater pumps, and controls and systems. Applied Water serves the uses of water and focuses on the residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural markets. The Sensus segment’s products include metering, networked communications, measurement and control technologies, software and services, including cloud-based analytics, remote monitoring and data management.

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