Airgas (ARG) & UFP Technologies (UFPT) Financial Review

UFP Technologies (NASDAQ: UFPT) and Airgas (NYSE:ARG) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, dividends and earnings.


Airgas pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. UFP Technologies does not pay a dividend. Airgas pays out 53.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. UFP Technologies has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.


This table compares UFP Technologies and Airgas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UFP Technologies 6.23% 7.78% 6.87%
Airgas 5.98% 15.44% 5.04%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for UFP Technologies and Airgas, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UFP Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Airgas 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares UFP Technologies and Airgas’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UFP Technologies $147.84 million 1.48 $9.21 million $1.26 23.89
Airgas N/A N/A N/A $4.53 31.56

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.8% of UFP Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.3% of UFP Technologies shares are owned by 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.


UFP Technologies beats Airgas on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About UFP Technologies

UFP Technologies, Inc. is a designer and custom converter of foams, plastics, composites and natural fiber materials. The Company is engaged in providing solutions to customers primarily within the medical, automotive, consumer, electronics, industrial, and aerospace and defense markets. It converts these materials using laminating, molding, and fabricating manufacturing technologies. The Company’s raw materials consist of polyethylene and polyurethane foams, sheet plastics, pulp fiber, cross-linked polyethylene and reticulated polyurethane foams, fabric and foam laminates, and natural fiber materials. The Company converts these materials to provide customers various solutions, including automotive interior trim, medical device components, disposable wound care components, military uniform and gear components, athletic padding, air filtration, high-temperature insulation, abrasive nail files and other beauty aids, and cushion packaging for their products.

About Airgas

Airgas, Inc. is a supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hard goods, such as welding equipment and related products. The Company is also a producer of atmospheric gases, carbon dioxide, dry ice and nitrous oxide and a supplier of safety products, refrigerants, ammonia products and process chemicals. It operates through two segments: Distribution and All Other Operations. The Distribution segment offers a portfolio of related gas and hard goods products and services to the end customers. The All Other Operations segment consists of five business units which manufacture or distribute carbon dioxide, dry ice, nitrous oxide, ammonia and refrigerant gases. It also offers supply chain management services and solutions, and product and process technical support across many customer segments. It markets its products and services through multiple sales channels, including branch-based sales representatives, retail stores and strategic customer account programs, among others.

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