Financial Contrast: Hillenbrand (HI) vs. KLX (KLXIV)

Hillenbrand (NYSE: HI) and KLX (NASDAQ:KLXIV) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hillenbrand and KLX’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hillenbrand $1.58 billion 1.61 $278.20 million $1.94 20.75
KLX N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Hillenbrand has higher revenue and earnings than KLX.

Dividends

Hillenbrand pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. KLX does not pay a dividend. Hillenbrand pays out 42.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. KLX has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Hillenbrand and KLX’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hillenbrand 7.87% 19.72% 6.87%
KLX 4.81% 3.68% 2.20%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.0% of Hillenbrand shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Hillenbrand shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Hillenbrand and KLX, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hillenbrand 0 2 1 0 2.33
KLX 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Hillenbrand beats KLX on 8 of the 10 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 KLX

KLX Inc. (KLX) is the distributor and service provider of aerospace fasteners and consumables. The Company offers ranges of aerospace hardware and consumables and inventory management services across the world. The Company operates through two segments: Aerospace Solutions Group (ASG) and Energy Services Group (ESG). The Company’s ASG segment service offerings include inventory management and replenishment, creative and differential supply chain solutions, such as third-party logistics programs, special packaging and bar-coding, parts kitting, quality assurance testing and a range of purchasing assistance programs, plus the electronic data interchange capability. The Company’s ESG segment products and services include onshore completion services, wireline services, fishing services and tools, down-hole completion and production services, pressure control, accommodations and related surface rental equipment, and remanufacturing shops.

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