Hillenbrand (NYSE: HI) and Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

76.1% of Hillenbrand shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.9% of Roper Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Hillenbrand shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Hillenbrand and Roper Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hillenbrand 7.87% 19.72% 6.87%
Roper Technologies 16.17% 14.47% 6.20%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hillenbrand and Roper Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hillenbrand $1.54 billion 1.59 $112.80 million $1.94 19.97
Roper Technologies $3.79 billion 6.92 $658.64 million $6.89 37.16

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Hillenbrand and Roper Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hillenbrand 0 2 2 0 2.50
Roper Technologies 0 2 8 0 2.80

Hillenbrand currently has a consensus price target of $46.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.71%. Roper Technologies has a consensus price target of $251.91, indicating a potential downside of 1.61%. Given Hillenbrand’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Hillenbrand is more favorable than Roper Technologies.

Risk & Volatility

Hillenbrand has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Roper Technologies has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Hillenbrand pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Hillenbrand pays out 42.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Roper Technologies pays out 20.3% 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. Hillenbrand has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years and Roper Technologies has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

Summary

Roper Technologies beats Hillenbrand on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hillenbrand

Hillenbrand, Inc. is a diversified industrial company with multiple brands that serve a range of industries across the globe. The Company operates in two segments: the Process Equipment Group and Batesville. The Process Equipment Group businesses design, develop, manufacture and service engineered industrial equipment throughout the world. The Process Equipment Group segment is a provider of compounding, extrusion and material handling; size reduction; screening and separating, and flow control products and services for a range of manufacturing and other industrial processes. It offers equipment for industries, including plastics, chemicals, fertilizers and mining. Its Batesville segment operates in the North American death care industry, and manufactures and sells funeral service products, including burial caskets, cremation caskets, containers and urns, selection room display fixtures, other personalization and memorialization products, and Web-based technology applications.

About Roper Technologies

Roper Technologies, Inc. is a technology company. The Company operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products and solutions for various end markets, including healthcare, transportation, commercial construction, food, energy, water, education and academic research. The Company operates in four segments: Medical & Scientific Imaging, which offers products and software in medical applications, and digital imaging products; RF Technology, which provides radio frequency identification (RFID) communication technology and software solutions; Industrial Technology, which produces fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering equipment, and Energy Systems & Controls, which produces control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions.

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