Financial Review: EnPro Industries (NPO) and MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS (MWA)

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS (NYSE: MWA) and EnPro Industries (NYSE:NPO) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and profitabiliy.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS and EnPro Industries’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS $1.15 billion 1.58 $181.60 million $0.74 15.41
EnPro Industries $1.19 billion 1.29 $167.70 million $0.61 117.67

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS has higher revenue, but lower earnings than EnPro Industries. MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EnPro Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. EnPro Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS pays out 21.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. EnPro Industries pays out 144.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years. MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS and EnPro Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS 0 2 6 0 2.75
EnPro Industries 0 0 1 0 3.00

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS presently has a consensus target price of $13.83, suggesting a potential upside of 21.35%. EnPro Industries has a consensus target price of $85.00, suggesting a potential upside of 18.42%. Given MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS is more favorable than EnPro Industries.

Volatility & Risk

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnPro Industries has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.4% of MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.6% of EnPro Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of EnPro Industries shares are owned by company 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.

Profitability

This table compares MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS and EnPro Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS 12.45% 18.45% 6.28%
EnPro Industries 1.10% 9.43% 2.25%

Summary

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS beats EnPro Industries on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS

Mueller Water Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water in North America. The Company operates through three segments: Mueller Co., Anvil and Mueller Technologies. The Mueller Co. segment manufactures valves for water and gas systems, and dry-barrel and wet-barrel fire hydrants. The Anvil segment manufactures and sources a range of products, including a range of fittings, couplings, hangers and related products. The Mueller Technologies segment offers metering systems, leak detection, pipe condition assessment and other products and services for the water infrastructure industry. The Mueller Technologies segment includes Mueller Systems and Echologics businesses. The Company offers a range of water infrastructure, flow control and piping component system products and services in the United States and Canada.

About EnPro Industries

EnPro Industries, Inc. is engaged in the designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing engineered industrial products. It operates through three segments. The Sealing Products segment includes three operating divisions: Garlock, which designs, manufactures and sells sealing products; Technetics, which designs, manufactures and sells metal seals and elastomeric seals, among others, and Stemco LP (Stemco), which designs, manufactures and sells heavy-duty truck wheel-end components and systems. The Engineered Products segment includes two industrial products businesses: GGB, which designs, manufactures and sells self-lubricating, non-rolling, metal polymer and engineered plastics, among others, and Compressor Products International, which designs, manufactures, sells and services components. The Power Systems segment includes Fairbanks Morse business, which designs, manufactures, sells and services heavy-duty, medium-speed diesel, natural gas and dual fuel reciprocating engines.

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