Head-To-Head Contrast: Flow International (FLOW) & Nordson (NDSN)

Flow International (NASDAQ: FLOW) and Nordson (NASDAQ:NDSN) are both industrial machinery companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Flow International and Nordson, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flow International 1 2 3 0 2.33
Nordson 0 4 7 0 2.64

Flow International presently has a consensus target price of $43.00, suggesting a potential downside of 9.57%. Nordson has a consensus target price of $146.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.27%. Given Nordson’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Nordson is more favorable than Flow International.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.7% of Nordson shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Nordson shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Flow International and Nordson’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flow International N/A N/A N/A
Nordson 14.31% 30.54% 9.89%

Dividends

Nordson pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Flow International does not pay a dividend. Nordson pays out 23.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Nordson has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Flow International and Nordson’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flow International N/A N/A N/A $0.04 1,188.75
Nordson $2.07 billion 4.09 $295.80 million $5.08 28.82

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

Summary

Nordson beats Flow International on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Flow International

SPX FLOW, Inc. provides various engineered solutions worldwide. The company engineers, designs, manufactures, and markets products and solutions used to process, blend, filter, dry, meter, and transport fluids with a focus on original equipment installation, including turn-key systems, modular systems, and components, as well as aftermarket components and support services. It operates through three segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. The Food and Beverage segment offers mixing, drying, evaporation, and separation systems and components; heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies; and turn-key systems primarily under the Anhydro, APV, Bran+Luebbe, Gerstenberg Schroeder, LIGHTNIN, Seital, and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell brands. The Power and Energy segment provides pumps, valves, and related accessories primarily for customers in oil and gas, and nuclear and other conventional power industries under the APV, Bran+Luebbe, ClydeUnion Pumps, Copes-Vulcan, Dollinger Filtration, LIGHTNIN, M&J Valve, Plenty, and Vokes brands. The Industrial segment offers air dryers, filtration equipment, mixers, pumps, hydraulic technologies, and heat exchangers under the Airpel, APV, Bolting Systems, Delair, Deltech, Hankison, Jemaco, Johnson Pump, LIGHTNIN, Power Team, and Stone brands. It primarily serves customers in chemical, air treatment, mining, pharmaceutical, marine, shipbuilding, infrastructure construction, general industrial, and water treatment industries. SPX FLOW, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

About Nordson

Nordson Corporation engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used to dispense, apply and control adhesives, coatings, polymers, sealants, biomaterials, and other fluids, to test and inspect for quality, and to treat and cure surfaces. The Company’s segments include Adhesive Dispensing Systems, Advanced Technology Systems and Industrial Coating Systems. The Adhesive Dispensing Systems segment delivers its precision dispensing and processing technology to various markets. The Advanced Technology Systems segment integrates its product technologies found in progressive stages of a customer’s production process, such as surface treatment, precisely controlled automated, and post-dispense bond testing, optical inspection and X-ray inspection. The Industrial Coating Systems segment provides equipment used primarily for applying coatings, paint, finishes, sealants and other materials, and for curing and drying of dispensed material.

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