Head-To-Head Survey: SPX Flow (FLOW) & Dover (NYSE:DOV)

SPX Flow (NYSE: FLOW) and Dover (NYSE:DOV) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SPX Flow and Dover’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SPX Flow $2.00 billion 1.03 -$381.80 million $0.53 91.26
Dover $6.79 billion 2.39 $508.89 million $4.30 24.22

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


Dover pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. SPX Flow does not pay a dividend. Dover pays out 43.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SPX Flow has increased its dividend for 62 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.8% of SPX Flow shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.5% of Dover shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of SPX Flow shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Dover shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares SPX Flow and Dover’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SPX Flow 1.17% 6.17% 1.90%
Dover 8.91% 14.10% 5.52%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for SPX Flow and Dover, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SPX Flow 2 1 3 0 2.17
Dover 0 10 5 0 2.33

SPX Flow currently has a consensus price target of $38.00, suggesting a potential downside of 21.44%. Dover has a consensus price target of $95.64, suggesting a potential downside of 8.17%. Given Dover’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Dover is more favorable than SPX Flow.


Dover beats SPX Flow on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SPX Flow

SPX FLOW, Inc. is a global supplier of engineered solutions. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in over 30 countries and sales in over 150 countries around the world. The Company operates in three business segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. Its product portfolio of pumps, valves, mixers, filters, air dryers, hydraulic tools, homogenizers, separators and heat exchangers, along with the related aftermarket parts and services, supports global industries, including food and beverage, oil and gas, power generation, chemical processing, compressed air and mining. The Food and Beverage segment’s products include mixing, drying, evaporation and separation systems and components, heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies. Its products in the Power and Energy segment include pumps, valves and the related accessories. Its products in the Industrial segment are filtration equipment, hydraulic technologies and heat exchangers.

About Dover

Dover Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer delivering equipment and components, specialty systems, consumable supplies, software and digital solutions and support services. The Company’s segments include Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. The Company’s Energy segment is a provider of solutions and services for production and processing of fuels around the world. Its Engineered Systems segment includes two platforms: Printing & Identification, and Industrials and is focused on the design, manufacture and service of critical equipment and components serving the fast-moving consumer goods, digital textile printing and industrial end markets. Its Fluids segment is focused on the safe handling of critical fluids across the retail fueling, chemical, and industrial end markets. The Refrigeration & Food Equipment segment is a provider of energy efficient equipment and systems serving the commercial refrigeration and food equipment end markets.

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