Contrasting Pentair PLC. (PNR) and CIRCOR International (CIR)

CIRCOR International (NYSE: CIR) and Pentair PLC. (NYSE:PNR) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Volatility and Risk

CIRCOR International has a beta of 1.68, suggesting that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pentair PLC. has a beta of 1.33, suggesting that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for CIRCOR International and Pentair PLC., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CIRCOR International 1 1 3 0 2.40
Pentair PLC. 1 9 5 0 2.27

CIRCOR International currently has a consensus price target of $64.40, indicating a potential upside of 11.03%. Pentair PLC. has a consensus price target of $65.83, indicating a potential upside of 0.31%. Given CIRCOR International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe CIRCOR International is more favorable than Pentair PLC..

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.3% of CIRCOR International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.7% of Pentair PLC. shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of CIRCOR International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.9% of Pentair PLC. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

CIRCOR International pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Pentair PLC. pays an annual dividend of $1.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. CIRCOR International pays out 22.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Pentair PLC. pays out 50.4% 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. CIRCOR International has raised its dividend for 40 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CIRCOR International and Pentair PLC.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CIRCOR International $584.67 million 1.64 $56.38 million $0.67 86.57
Pentair PLC. $4.88 billion 2.45 $925.90 million $2.74 23.95

Pentair PLC. has higher revenue and earnings than CIRCOR International. Pentair PLC. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CIRCOR International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares CIRCOR International and Pentair PLC.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CIRCOR International 1.88% 7.21% 4.03%
Pentair PLC. 9.46% 14.19% 5.20%

Summary

Pentair PLC. beats CIRCOR International on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CIRCOR International

CIRCOR International, Inc. (CIRCOR) designs, manufactures and markets engineered products and sub-systems for markets, including oil and gas, aerospace, power and process, and industrial solutions. The Company operates through two segments: CIRCOR Energy (Energy segment (Energy)) and CIRCOR Advanced Flow Solutions (Advanced Flow Solutions segment (AFS)). Energy provides engineered integrated flow control solutions, valves and services primarily in the oil and gas end market. AFS is a flow control technology platform. Energy provides its flow control solutions and services through the brands, including Circle Seal Controls, DeltaValve, Contromatics, Dopak Sampling and others. AFS manufactures and markets control valves, automatic recirculation valves, regulators, fluid controls, actuation systems, landing gear components, pneumatic controls, electro-mechanical controls, and other flow control products and systems. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 19 manufacturing facilities.

About Pentair PLC.

Pentair, Inc. (Pentair) is a focused diversified industrial manufacturing company. The Company operates in two segments: Water & Fluid Solutions and Technical Products. Water & Fluid Solutions is providing products and systems used worldwide in the movement, storage and treatment of water. Technical Products is engaged in the global enclosures and thermal management markets, designing and manufacturing standard, modified and custom enclosures that house and protect sensitive electronics and electrical components and protect the people that use them. On May 12, 2011, the Company acquired as part of Water & Fluid Solutions, the Clean Process Technologies (CPT) division of Norit Holding B.V. In January 2011, it acquired as part of Water & Fluid Solutions, interests of Hidro Filtros do Brasil (Hidro Filtros).

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