Newport Corp (NASDAQ: NEWP) and Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.2% of Roper Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are held by company 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 summary of recent recommendations for Newport Corp and Roper Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Newport Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Roper Technologies 0 1 8 0 2.89

Roper Technologies has a consensus price target of $246.20, indicating a potential upside of 1.15%. Given Roper Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Roper Technologies is more favorable than Newport Corp.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Newport Corp 6.37% 10.63% 6.60%
Roper Technologies 16.44% 13.66% 6.07%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Newport Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Roper Technologies $4.18 billion 5.95 $1.41 billion $6.68 36.44

Roper Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Newport Corp.

Dividends

Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Newport Corp does not pay a dividend. Roper Technologies pays out 21.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Roper Technologies has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

Summary

Roper Technologies beats Newport Corp on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Newport Corp

Newport Corporation is a supplier of technology products and systems. The Company offers its products and services to a range of industries, including scientific research, microelectronics, defense and security, life and health sciences, and industrial markets. The Company operates through three business segments: Photonics Group, which includes photonics instruments and systems, vibration isolation systems and subsystems, precision positioning systems and subsystems, optical components for research applications, optical hardware, and three-dimensional non-contact measurement sensors and equipment; Lasers Group, which offers a portfolio of laser technology products and services, including ultrafast lasers and amplifiers, fiber lasers, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, and high-energy pulsed lasers and tunable lasers, and Optics Group, which offers precision optics and lens assemblies, thin-film filters and coatings, replicated mirrors, and ruled and holographic diffraction gratings.

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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