Gardner Denver (GDI) vs. Proto Labs (PRLB) Critical Survey

Gardner Denver (NYSE: GDI) and Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Gardner Denver and Proto Labs’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gardner Denver $1.94 billion 3.46 -$36.62 million N/A N/A
Proto Labs $298.05 million 9.08 $42.70 million $1.75 58.00

Proto Labs has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Gardner Denver.


This table compares Gardner Denver and Proto Labs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gardner Denver N/A N/A N/A
Proto Labs 14.53% 11.63% 10.54%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Gardner Denver and Proto Labs, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gardner Denver 0 1 9 0 2.90
Proto Labs 0 3 0 0 2.00

Gardner Denver currently has a consensus price target of $30.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.28%. Proto Labs has a consensus price target of $73.67, indicating a potential downside of 27.42%. Given Gardner Denver’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Gardner Denver is more favorable than Proto Labs.


Proto Labs beats Gardner Denver on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gardner Denver Company Profile

Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc. is a global provider of mission-critical flow control and compression equipments and associated aftermarket parts, consumables and services. The Company operates through three business segments: Industry, Energy and Medical. Industry segment designs, manufactures, markets and services a range of air compression, vacuum and blower products. Energy segment supplies positive displacement pumps, liquid ring vacuum pumps, compressors and integrated systems, engineered fluid loading and transfer equipment and associated aftermarket parts. Medical segment designs, manufactures and supplies medical equipment, laboratory vacuum and automated liquid handling end-markets The Company’s products are sold under a range of brands namely Gardner Denver, CompAir, Nash, Emco Wheaton, Robuschi, Elmo Rietschle and Thomas.

Proto Labs Company Profile

Proto Labs, Inc. is an e-commerce driven digital manufacturer of on-demand three dimensional (3D) printed, computer numerical control (CNC) machined and injection-molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. The Company’s geographic segments include the United States, Europe and Japan. The Company targets its products to the product developers and engineers who use 3D computer-aided design (3D CAD) software to design products across a range of end markets. Its product lines include Injection Molding, CNC Machining and 3D Printing. Its Injection Molding product line is used for prototype, on-demand and short-run production. Its CNC Machining product line uses commercially available CNC machines to cut plastic or metal blocks into one or more custom parts. Its 3D Printing product line includes stereolithography (SL), selective laser sintering (SLS) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) processes. The Company also provides low-volume sheet metal fabrication services.

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