Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) and Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) are both large-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Dividends

Stanley Black & Decker pays an annual dividend of $2.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Stanley Black & Decker pays out 32.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Roper Technologies pays out 21.0% 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. Stanley Black & Decker has increased its dividend for 49 consecutive years and Roper Technologies has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years. Stanley Black & Decker is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Stanley Black & Decker and Roper Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stanley Black & Decker 9.92% 15.36% 5.81%
Roper Technologies 16.44% 13.66% 6.07%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.7% of Stanley Black & Decker shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.2% of Roper Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Stanley Black & Decker 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 will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Stanley Black & Decker and Roper Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stanley Black & Decker 0 2 11 0 2.85
Roper Technologies 0 1 8 0 2.89

Stanley Black & Decker currently has a consensus target price of $153.58, indicating a potential downside of 1.19%. Roper Technologies has a consensus target price of $246.20, indicating a potential downside of 1.46%. Given Stanley Black & Decker’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Stanley Black & Decker is more favorable than Roper Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

Stanley Black & Decker has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Roper Technologies has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Stanley Black & Decker and Roper Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stanley Black & Decker $11.84 billion 2.01 $1.91 billion $7.80 19.93
Roper Technologies $4.18 billion 6.11 $1.41 billion $6.68 37.40

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

Summary

Stanley Black & Decker beats Roper Technologies on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Stanley Black & Decker Company Profile

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. is a global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions, such as automatic doors and commercial locking systems, electronic security and monitoring systems, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and products and services for various industrial applications. The Company’s segments include Tools & Storage, Security and Industrial. Its Tools & Storage segment consists of the Power Tools and Hand Tools, Accessories and Storage businesses. Its Security segment consists of the Convergent Security Solutions and Mechanical Access Solutions businesses. Its Industrial segment consists of the Engineered Fastening and Infrastructure businesses. It offers brands, such as SIDCHROME, AeroScout, DEWALT, Newell Tools and Craftsman, Irwin, Lenox, Craftsman, BLACK+DECKER, SONITROL, Warren, GRIPCO, Porter-Cable, BOSTITCH and WanderGuard.

Roper Technologies Company Profile

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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