Reviewing CLARCOR (CLC) and Ingersoll-Rand (IR)

CLARCOR (NYSE: CLC) and Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CLARCOR and Ingersoll-Rand’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ingersoll-Rand $14.20 billion 1.57 $1.30 billion $5.07 17.65

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.9% of CLARCOR shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.8% of Ingersoll-Rand shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CLARCOR shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Ingersoll-Rand 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.


This table compares CLARCOR and Ingersoll-Rand’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CLARCOR 7.71% 10.16% 6.66%
Ingersoll-Rand 9.17% 16.91% 6.56%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for CLARCOR and Ingersoll-Rand, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CLARCOR 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ingersoll-Rand 0 7 8 0 2.53

Ingersoll-Rand has a consensus price target of $103.73, suggesting a potential upside of 15.92%.


CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share. Ingersoll-Rand pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. CLARCOR pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ingersoll-Rand pays out 35.5% 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. CLARCOR has raised its dividend for 53 consecutive years and Ingersoll-Rand has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.


CLARCOR Inc. is engaged in providing filtration products, filtration systems and services, and consumer and industrial packaging products. The Company’s segments are Engine/Mobile Filtration and Industrial/Environmental Filtration. Its Engine/Mobile Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products for on-road and off-road mobile and stationary applications. Its Industrial/Environmental Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products used in industrial and commercial processes, and in buildings and infrastructures of various types. Its liquid process filtration products include specialty industrial process liquid filters; filters for pharmaceutical processes and beverages; filtration systems, filters and coalescers for the oil and natural gas industry; filtration systems for aircraft refueling, anti-pollution, sewage treatment and water recycling; bilge water separators, and sand control filters for oil and gas drilling.

About Ingersoll-Rand

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.

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