Contrasting Standex Int'l (SXI) & EnPro Industries (NPO)

Standex Int'l (NYSE: SXI) and EnPro Industries (NYSE:NPO) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Dividends

Standex Int'l pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. EnPro Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Standex Int'l pays out 27.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. EnPro Industries pays out 3.8% 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. Standex Int'l has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years and EnPro Industries has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years. EnPro Industries is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Standex Int'l and EnPro Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Standex Int'l 0 1 3 0 2.75
EnPro Industries 0 0 5 0 3.00

Standex Int'l presently has a consensus target price of $118.67, indicating a potential upside of 21.58%. EnPro Industries has a consensus target price of $98.00, indicating a potential upside of 29.10%. Given EnPro Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe EnPro Industries is more favorable than Standex Int'l.

Risk & Volatility

Standex Int'l has a beta of 1.53, meaning that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnPro Industries has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Standex Int'l and EnPro Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Standex Int'l 3.99% 14.98% 7.01%
EnPro Industries 40.74% 7.92% 2.38%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Standex Int'l and EnPro Industries’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Standex Int'l $755.26 million 1.66 $46.54 million $2.59 37.68
EnPro Industries $1.19 billion 1.36 -$40.10 million $23.06 3.29

Standex Int'l has higher earnings, but lower revenue than EnPro Industries. EnPro Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Standex Int'l, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.1% of Standex Int'l shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.1% of EnPro Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Standex Int'l shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of EnPro Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

EnPro Industries beats Standex Int'l on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Standex Int'l

Standex International Corporation is a diversified manufacturing company. The Company is a manufacturer of a range of products and services for diverse commercial and industrial market segments. The Company has 11 operating segments, aggregated and organized into five segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Hydraulics. The Food Service Equipment business consists of Refrigeration Solutions group, Cooking Solutions group and Specialty Solutions group. The Engraving segment’s product lines include Mold-Tech and Innovent. The Engineering Technologies segment provides engineered parts in all workable metal alloys using various forming processes. The Electronics segment is a manufacturer of custom magnetic sensing and power conversion components and assemblies. The Hydraulics segment is a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cylinders, including single or double acting telescopic, and piston rod hydraulic cylinders.

About EnPro Industries

EnPro Industries, Inc. is engaged in the designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing engineered industrial products. It operates through three segments. The Sealing Products segment includes three operating divisions: Garlock, which designs, manufactures and sells sealing products; Technetics, which designs, manufactures and sells metal seals and elastomeric seals, among others, and Stemco LP (Stemco), which designs, manufactures and sells heavy-duty truck wheel-end components and systems. The Engineered Products segment includes two industrial products businesses: GGB, which designs, manufactures and sells self-lubricating, non-rolling, metal polymer and engineered plastics, among others, and Compressor Products International, which designs, manufactures, sells and services components. The Power Systems segment includes Fairbanks Morse business, which designs, manufactures, sells and services heavy-duty, medium-speed diesel, natural gas and dual fuel reciprocating engines.

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