Head-To-Head Review: Roper Technologies (ROP) and Milacron Holdings Corp. (MCRN)

Milacron Holdings Corp. (NYSE: MCRN) and Roper Technologies (NYSE:ROP) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.4% of Milacron Holdings Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.9% of Roper Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Milacron Holdings Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Roper Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Milacron Holdings Corp. and Roper Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Milacron Holdings Corp. 0 0 3 0 3.00
Roper Technologies 0 2 8 0 2.80

Milacron Holdings Corp. presently has a consensus target price of $21.67, indicating a potential upside of 28.51%. Roper Technologies has a consensus target price of $251.91, indicating a potential downside of 2.44%. Given Milacron Holdings Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Milacron Holdings Corp. is more favorable than Roper Technologies.

Volatility & Risk

Milacron Holdings Corp. has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Roper Technologies has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Milacron Holdings Corp. and Roper Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Milacron Holdings Corp. -0.09% -56.93% 6.76%
Roper Technologies 16.17% 14.47% 6.20%

Dividends

Roper Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Milacron Holdings Corp. does not pay a dividend. Roper Technologies pays out 20.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Roper Technologies has raised its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Milacron Holdings Corp. and Roper Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Milacron Holdings Corp. $1.17 billion 1.00 $30.50 million ($0.03) -561.81
Roper Technologies $3.79 billion 6.97 $658.64 million $6.89 37.47

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

Summary

Roper Technologies beats Milacron Holdings Corp. on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Milacron Holdings Corp. Company Profile

Milacron Holdings Corp. is engaged in the manufacture, distribution, and service of engineered and customized systems used in the plastic technology and processing industry. The Company operates through three segments: Advanced Plastic Processing Technologies (APPT), Melt Delivery and Control Systems (MDCS), and Fluid Technologies. The Company has a product portfolio that includes hot runner systems, injection molding, blow molding and extrusion equipment. It produces process control systems, mold bases and components, and maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and fluid technology. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s products were sold in over 100 countries across six continents. Its customers include original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), molders and mold-makers. Its customer base covers a range of end-market applications, including packaging, automotive, medical, construction, consumer goods and electronics.

Roper Technologies Company Profile

Roper Technologies, Inc. is a technology company. The Company operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products and solutions for various end markets, including healthcare, transportation, commercial construction, food, energy, water, education and academic research. The Company operates in four segments: Medical & Scientific Imaging, which offers products and software in medical applications, and digital imaging products; RF Technology, which provides radio frequency identification (RFID) communication technology and software solutions; Industrial Technology, which produces fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering equipment, and Energy Systems & Controls, which produces control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions.

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