Edwards Group (EVAC) and Hillenbrand (HI) Head to Head Contrast

Edwards Group (NASDAQ: EVAC) and Hillenbrand (NYSE:HI) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.4% of Hillenbrand shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Hillenbrand shares are owned by 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Edwards Group N/A N/A N/A
Hillenbrand 7.94% 19.26% 7.02%

Dividends

Hillenbrand pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Edwards Group does not pay a dividend. Hillenbrand pays out 41.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Edwards Group has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Edwards Group and Hillenbrand, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Edwards Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hillenbrand 0 2 2 0 2.50

Hillenbrand has a consensus target price of $50.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.11%.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Edwards Group N/A N/A N/A $0.66 N/A
Hillenbrand $1.59 billion 1.77 $126.20 million $1.98 22.53

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

Summary

Hillenbrand beats Edwards Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Edwards Group

Edwards Group Limited (Edwards) a global industrial technology company, is a manufacturer of vacuum products and abatement systems and a provider of related value-added services. The Company sells its products, systems and services across several targeted market sectors, Semiconductor, General Vacuum and Emerging Technologies, each of which contains several sub-sectors. As of December 31, 2011, Edwards operated 11 manufacturing and systemization sites in seven countries. Its vacuum products include a range of dry pumps, turbomolecular pumps and other vacuum pumps. Its abatement systems include customized solutions, which integrate vacuum and exhaust management technologies. Abatement products are used to manage exhaust gases and other process byproducts extracted by dry pumps. Its value-added services include equipment monitoring, repair and overhaul, remanufacturing, service upgrades and provision of spare parts.

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.

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