Crane (NYSE: CR) is one of 57 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Crane to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.4% of Crane shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.4% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Crane shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Crane pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Crane pays out 60.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 36.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Crane and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crane 4.79% 20.57% 7.49%
Crane Competitors 1.25% 6.46% 4.47%

Risk & Volatility

Crane has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crane’s rivals have a beta of 1.26, suggesting that their average stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Crane and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Crane $2.75 billion $482.00 million 37.81
Crane Competitors $2.20 billion $347.23 million 24.36

Crane has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Crane is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Crane and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crane 0 5 7 0 2.58
Crane Competitors 288 1649 1755 19 2.41

Crane presently has a consensus target price of $74.43, indicating a potential downside of 9.29%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 1.70%. Given Crane’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Crane has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Crane beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Crane

Crane Co. (Crane) is a manufacturer of engineered industrial products. The Company operates through four segments, including Fluid Handling, Payment & Merchandising Technologies, Aerospace & Electronics, and Engineered Materials. The Fluid Handling segment is a provider of engineered fluid handling equipment, including Process Valves and Related Products, Commercial Valves and Other Products. The Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment includes Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) and Merchandising Systems. The Aerospace & Electronics segment supplies various components and systems, including original equipment and aftermarket parts, primarily for the commercial aerospace and military aerospace, and defense markets. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) panels and coils, primarily for use in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles (RVs), truck bodies, truck trailers, with additional applications in commercial and industrial buildings.

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