Head to Head Survey: Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) (IR) and Roper Technologies (ROP)

Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) (NYSE: IR) and Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) are both large-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Roper Technologies has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) and Roper Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) $13.51 billion 1.68 $1.48 billion $4.00 22.75
Roper Technologies $3.79 billion 7.26 $658.64 million $6.88 39.07

Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) has higher revenue and earnings than Roper Technologies. Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Roper Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) and Roper Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) 7.47% 16.65% 6.41%
Roper Technologies 16.17% 14.47% 6.20%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) and Roper Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) 0 8 6 0 2.43
Roper Technologies 0 2 7 0 2.78

Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) presently has a consensus price target of $99.67, suggesting a potential upside of 9.55%. Roper Technologies has a consensus price target of $254.60, suggesting a potential downside of 5.27%. Given Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland)’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) is more favorable than Roper Technologies.

Dividends

Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.65 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) pays out 45.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Roper Technologies pays out 24.0% 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. Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Roper Technologies has raised its dividend for 19 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.4% of Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.5% of Roper Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Roper Technologies beats Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland) on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ingersoll-Rand PLC (Ireland)

Ingersoll-Rand Public Limited Company provides products, services and solutions to improve the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables. The Company’s business segments include Climate and Industrial. It is engaged in the design, manufacture, sale and service of a portfolio of industrial and commercial products that include brand names, such as Ingersoll-Rand, Trane, American Standard, ARO and Club Car. Its Climate segment includes Trane and American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning, which provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and commercial and residential building services, parts, support and controls. It offers energy services and building automation through Trane Building Advantage and Nexia. Its Industrial segment includes compressed air and gas systems and services, power tools, material handling systems, ARO fluid management equipment, as well as Club Car golf, utility and rough terrain vehicles.

About Roper Technologies

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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