Analyzing Lindsay (LNN) and CNH Global (CNH)

Lindsay (NYSE: LNN) and CNH Global (NYSE:CNH) are both industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Lindsay and CNH Global, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lindsay 0 3 1 0 2.25
CNH Global 0 0 0 0 N/A

Lindsay presently has a consensus price target of $92.33, indicating a potential downside of 1.43%.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lindsay and CNH Global’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lindsay $517.98 million 1.93 $23.17 million $2.17 43.17
CNH Global N/A N/A N/A $5.40 N/A

Lindsay has higher revenue and earnings than CNH Global. CNH Global is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lindsay, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Lindsay and CNH Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lindsay 4.47% 8.95% 4.66%
CNH Global N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.3% of Lindsay shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Lindsay shares are owned 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

Lindsay pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. CNH Global does not pay a dividend. Lindsay pays out 55.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CNH Global has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Summary

Lindsay beats CNH Global on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lindsay

Lindsay Corporation, along with its subsidiaries, provides a range of water management and road infrastructure products and services. The Company operates through two segments: Irrigation Segment and Infrastructure Segment. The Irrigation Segment includes the manufacture and marketing of center pivot, lateral move, and hose reel irrigation systems, which are used primarily in the agricultural industry. The Infrastructure Segment includes the manufacture and marketing of moveable barriers, specialty barriers, crash cushions and end terminals, road marking and road safety equipment, large diameter steel tubing, and railroad signals and structures. It also manufactures and markets hose reel travelers under the Perrot and Greenfield brands in Europe and South Africa. It produces or markets chemical injection systems, variable rate irrigation systems, flow meters, weather stations, soil moisture sensors, and remote monitoring and control systems, which it sells under its GrowSmart brand.

About CNH Global

CNH Global N.V. (CNH) is a global, full-line company in both the agricultural and construction equipment industries. The Company organizes its operations into three business segments: agricultural equipment, construction equipment and financial services. The Company markets its products globally through its two brand families, Case and New Holland. Case IH (along with Steyr in Europe) and New Holland make up its agricultural brand family. Case and New Holland Construction (along with Kobelco in North America) make up its construction equipment brand family. During the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company was manufacturing its products in 37 facilities globally and distributing its products in approximately 170 countries through a network of approximately 11,500 dealers and distributors.

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