Critical Review: Hebron Technology (HEBT) & Barnes Group (B)

Hebron Technology (NASDAQ:HEBT) and Barnes Group (NYSE:B) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Hebron Technology and Barnes Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hebron Technology N/A N/A N/A
Barnes Group 4.60% 13.39% 6.99%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.4% of Hebron Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.0% of Barnes Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.5% of Barnes Group 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hebron Technology and Barnes Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hebron Technology $29.20 million 0.57 $7.13 million N/A N/A
Barnes Group $1.44 billion 2.07 $59.41 million $2.88 20.09

Barnes Group has higher revenue and earnings than Hebron Technology.

Dividends

Barnes Group pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Hebron Technology does not pay a dividend. Barnes Group pays out 22.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Barnes Group has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Hebron Technology and Barnes Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hebron Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
Barnes Group 0 3 2 0 2.40

Barnes Group has a consensus target price of $71.60, suggesting a potential upside of 23.77%. Given Barnes Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Barnes Group is more favorable than Hebron Technology.

Risk and Volatility

Hebron Technology has a beta of 0.31, meaning that its share price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barnes Group has a beta of 1.52, meaning that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Barnes Group beats Hebron Technology on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hebron Technology Company Profile

Hebron Technology Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, manufacture, and installation of valves, pipe fittings, and other products primarily for use in pharmaceutical engineering sector in the People's Republic of China. The company offers diaphragm valves, angle seat valves, sanitary centrifugal and liquid-ring pumps, clean-in-place return pumps, sanitary ball valves, and sanitary pipe fittings. It also provides pipeline design, installation, construction, ongoing maintenance, and after-sales services. The company offers its fluid equipment and installation services for use in the pharmaceutical, biological, food and beverage, and other clean industries. Hebron Technology Co., Ltd. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Wenzhou, the People's Republic of China.

Barnes Group Company Profile

Barnes Group Inc. operates as an industrial and aerospace manufacturer, and service provider in the United States and internationally. Its Industrial segment offers precision components, products, and systems for applications serving various customers in end-markets, such as transportation, industrial equipment, consumer products, packaging, electronics, medical devices, and energy. This segment also manufactures and supplies precision mechanical products, including mechanical springs, high-precision punched and fine-blanked components, and retention rings; force and motion solutions for sheet metal forming, heavy duty suspension, and other markets; and hot runner systems, mold cavity sensors and process control systems, and precision high cavitation mold for injection molding applications. The company's Aerospace segment produces fabricated and precision-machined components and assemblies for original equipment manufacturer turbine engine, airframe, and industrial gas turbine builders, as well as for the military. It also offers maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for jet engine components to turbine engine manufacturers, commercial airlines, and the military. In addition, this segment manufactures aerospace aftermarket spare parts. The company sells its products primarily through its direct sales force and distribution channels. Barnes Group Inc. was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut.

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