Financial Contrast: John Bean Technologies (JBT) & Metso (MXCYY)

John Bean Technologies (NYSE: JBT) and Metso (OTCMKTS:MXCYY) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

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John Bean Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Metso pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. John Bean Technologies pays out 12.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Metso pays out 104.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares John Bean Technologies and Metso’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
John Bean Technologies 4.92% 23.93% 7.31%
Metso 3.71% 9.88% 4.10%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for John Bean Technologies and Metso, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
John Bean Technologies 1 1 3 0 2.40
Metso 1 0 0 0 1.00

John Bean Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $109.40, suggesting a potential downside of 8.38%. Given John Bean Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe John Bean Technologies is more favorable than Metso.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Metso shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of John Bean Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Metso shares are owned by company 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares John Bean Technologies and Metso’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
John Bean Technologies $1.64 billion 2.31 $80.50 million $3.10 38.52
Metso $3.06 billion 1.58 $115.29 million $0.24 33.54

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

Volatility and Risk

John Bean Technologies has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Metso has a beta of 1.44, meaning that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

John Bean Technologies beats Metso on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

John Bean Technologies Company Profile

John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a technology solutions provider to the segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. It operates through two segments: JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech. The JBT FoodTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically food processing systems used for fruit juice production, frozen food production, in-container food production, automated systems and convenience food preparation by the food industry. The product offerings of its FoodTech businesses include Protein, Liquid Foods and Automated Systems. The JBT AeroTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically airport ground support and gate equipment and provides services for airport authorities; airlines, airfreight, and ground handling companies; the defense contractors, and other industries. The product offerings of its AeroTech businesses include Mobile Equipment, Fixed Equipment and Airport Services.

Metso Company Profile

Metso Corporation, an industrial company, provides equipment and services for mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper, and process industries worldwide. The company operates through Minerals and Flow Control segments. It offers mining solutions, including crushing, screening, grinding, classification, beneficiation, dewatering, pyro processing, bulk materials handling, and slurry pumping solutions, as well as wear and spare parts; and aggregates, such as crushers, screens, feeders, lokotrack mobile plants, NW portable and rapid plants, rock breakers, air classifiers, slurry pumps, and preowned equipment, as well as wear and spare parts. The company also provides control, on-off, emergency shutdown, butterfly, ball, segment, eccentric plug, globe, special, and tank car valves; valve controls and limit switches; electric, pneumatic, and manual actuators; positioners, on-off controllers; intelligent safety solenoids; instrumentation panel; and valve spare parts. In addition, it offers metal recycling solutions, including balers, post shredder technology, turnings and pre shredders, anode crusher, shredders, briquettes, and shears; and waste recycling solutions, such as mobile pre-shredders, pre-shredders, and fine-shredders. Further, the company provides expert, flow control, field, performance, and training services. Metso Corporation is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

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