Financial Review: Crawford United (OTCMKTS:CRAWA) and Fortive (OTCMKTS:FTV)

Crawford United (OTCMKTS:CRAWA) and Fortive (NYSE:FTV) 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, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Crawford United and Fortive’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crawford United 7.36% 46.49% 11.45%
Fortive 38.22% 18.43% 8.25%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.6% of Fortive shares are owned by institutional investors. 71.9% of Crawford United shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.7% of Fortive shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Crawford United has a beta of 0.31, indicating that its share price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fortive has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Crawford United and Fortive, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crawford United 0 0 0 0 N/A
Fortive 1 5 7 0 2.46

Fortive has a consensus price target of $83.68, indicating a potential upside of 19.51%. Given Fortive’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Fortive is more favorable than Crawford United.

Dividends

Fortive pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Crawford United does not pay a dividend. Fortive pays out 9.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Crawford United and Fortive’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crawford United $66.38 million 0.79 $3.61 million $1.52 12.50
Fortive $6.45 billion 3.64 $2.91 billion $3.06 22.88

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

Summary

Fortive beats Crawford United on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crawford United Company Profile

Crawford United Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in aerospace components, commercial air handling, and industrial hose businesses in the United States. The Aerospace Components segment manufactures precision components primarily for customers in the aerospace industry. This segment provides complete end-to-end engineering, machining, grinding, welding, brazing, heat treat, and assembly solutions. The Commercial Air Handling segment designs, manufactures, and installs large-scale commercial, institutional, and industrial custom air handling solutions. Its customers include health care, education, pharmaceutical, and industrial manufacturing markets. This segment also designs, manufactures, and installs custom air handling equipment under the FactoryBilt and SiteBilt brand names. The Industrial Hose segment manufactures and sells flexible interlocking metal hoses primarily to heavy-duty truck manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers, as well as to the agricultural, industrial, and petrochemical markets; and distributes silicone and hydraulic hoses to agriculture and general industrial markets. The company also exports its products to Australia, Canada, England, Mexico, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Hickok Incorporated and changed its name to Crawford United Corporation in May 2019. Crawford United Corporation was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fortive Company Profile

Fortive Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services professional and engineered products, software, and services worldwide. Its Professional Instrumentation segment provides test tools, and thermal imaging and calibration equipment for electrical, industrial, electronic, and calibration applications; online condition-based monitoring equipment; portable gas detection equipment, consumables, and software as a service offerings; subscription-based technical, analytical, and compliance services; and software, data analytics, and services for critical infrastructure in utility, industrial, energy, construction, public safety, mining, and healthcare applications. This segment also provides product realization services and products that help developers and engineers across the end-to-end product creation cycle from concepts to finished products; materials components; and devices that sense, monitor, and control operational or manufacturing variables. This segment markets its products and services under the ACCRUENT, FLUKE, FLUKE BIOMEDICAL, FLUKE NETWORKS, GORDIAN, INDUSTRIAL SCIENTIFIC, LANDAUER, QUALITROL, INVETECH, KEITHLEY, PACIFIC SCIENTIFIC, SONIX, and TEKTRONIX brands. Its Industrial Technologies segment offers solutions and services for use in fuel dispensing, remote fuel management, point-of-sale and payment systems, environmental compliance, vehicle tracking, and fleet and traffic management under the ANGI, GASBOY, GILBARCO, GILBARCO AUTOTANK, ORPAK, VEEDER-ROOT, and TELETRAC NAVMAN brands. This segment also offers professional tools, toolboxes, and automotive diagnostic equipment under the MATCO brand; and wheel service equipment under the COATS brand. The company also provides automation and specialty components under the DYNAPAR and HENGSTLER brands. Fortive Corporation was incorporated in 2015 and is headquartered in Everett, Washington.

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