Pentair (NYSE: PNR) and Metso (OTCMKTS:MXCYY) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
86.5% of Pentair shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Metso shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.7% of Pentair shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Metso shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Pentair and Metso, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Pentair presently has a consensus price target of $71.33, indicating a potential upside of 5.46%. Given Pentair’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Pentair is more favorable than Metso.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Pentair and Metso’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Pentair has higher revenue and earnings than Metso. Pentair is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Metso, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Pentair and Metso’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Pentair pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Metso pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Pentair pays out 39.7% 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. Pentair has raised its dividend for 41 consecutive years.
Volatility & Risk
Pentair has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Metso has a beta of 1.44, indicating that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Pentair beats Metso on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
Pentair Company Profile
Pentair plc operates as a diversified industrial manufacturing company in the United States, Europe, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Water and Electrical. The Water segment designs, manufactures, and services products and solutions to meet filtration, separation, flow, and water management challenges in agriculture, aquaculture, foodservice, food and beverage processing, swimming pools, water supply and disposal, and various industrial applications. This segment serves wholesalers and retail distributors, end-users, engineering procurement contractors, and original equipment manufacturers under the Aurora, Berkeley, Codeline, Everpure, Fairbanks-Nijhuis, Kreepy Krauly, Haffmans, Hydromatic, Hypro, Pentair, Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, Sta-Rite, Shurflo, Südmo, and X-Flow brand names. The Electrical segment designs, manufactures, and services products that protect sensitive equipment and buildings; thermal management systems; and engineered fastening solutions. This segment serves commercial, communications, energy, electronics, infrastructure, medical, security, and defense industries under the CADDY, ERICO, Hoffman, LENTON, Raychem, Schroff, and Tracer brands. Pentair plc was founded in 1966 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
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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