Standex International (NYSE: SXI) and John Bean Technologies (NYSE:JBT) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Standex International has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Bean Technologies has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Standex International 5.83% 15.06% 7.30%
John Bean Technologies 5.41% 25.51% 6.81%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Standex International and John Bean Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Standex International 0 1 3 0 2.75
John Bean Technologies 1 1 5 0 2.57

Standex International presently has a consensus target price of $115.50, indicating a potential upside of 15.10%. John Bean Technologies has a consensus target price of $101.67, indicating a potential downside of 8.04%. Given Standex International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Standex International is more favorable than John Bean Technologies.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Standex International $755.26 million 1.70 $46.54 million $3.61 27.80
John Bean Technologies $1.35 billion 2.58 $67.60 million $2.70 40.94

John Bean Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Standex International. Standex International 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.3% of Standex International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of John Bean Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Standex International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of John Bean Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Standex International pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. John Bean Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Standex International pays out 19.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. John Bean Technologies pays out 14.8% 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. Standex International has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and John Bean Technologies has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Standex International is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

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

Standex International Company Profile

Standex International Corporation is a diversified manufacturing company. The Company is a manufacturer of a range of products and services for diverse commercial and industrial market segments. The Company has 11 operating segments, aggregated and organized into five segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Hydraulics. The Food Service Equipment business consists of Refrigeration Solutions group, Cooking Solutions group and Specialty Solutions group. The Engraving segment’s product lines include Mold-Tech and Innovent. The Engineering Technologies segment provides engineered parts in all workable metal alloys using various forming processes. The Electronics segment is a manufacturer of custom magnetic sensing and power conversion components and assemblies. The Hydraulics segment is a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cylinders, including single or double acting telescopic, and piston rod hydraulic cylinders.

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.

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