Analyzing Smiths Group (SMGZY) and Jason Industries (JASN)

Smiths Group (OTCMKTS: SMGZY) and Jason Industries (NASDAQ:JASN) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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1.1% of Smiths Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.2% of Jason Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 20.0% of Jason Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Smiths Group and Jason Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Smiths Group N/A N/A N/A
Jason Industries -0.48% -1.21% 0.10%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Smiths Group and Jason Industries’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Smiths Group $4.16 billion 2.05 $712.11 million $1.23 17.47
Jason Industries $648.62 million 0.13 -$4.47 million $0.01 311.00

Smiths Group has higher revenue and earnings than Jason Industries. Smiths Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Jason Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Smiths Group has a beta of 1.21, suggesting that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jason Industries has a beta of 0.38, suggesting that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Smiths Group pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Jason Industries does not pay a dividend. Smiths Group pays out 43.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Smiths Group and Jason Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Smiths Group 1 1 1 0 2.00
Jason Industries 0 0 1 0 3.00

Jason Industries has a consensus target price of $4.50, indicating a potential upside of 44.69%. Given Jason Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Jason Industries is more favorable than Smiths Group.


Smiths Group beats Jason Industries on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Smiths Group Company Profile

Smiths Group plc is a technology company. The Company operates in five divisions: John Crane, Smiths Medical, Smiths Detection, Smiths Interconnect and Flex-Tek. The John Crane division offers mechanical seals, seal support systems, engineered bearings and power transmission couplings, among others. The Smiths Medical division offers infusion systems, vascular access (including safety needles), patient airway and temperature management equipment, and specialty devices in areas of in vitro fertilization, diagnostics and emergency patient transport. The Smiths Detection division offers sensors that detect and identify explosives, narcotics, weapons, chemical agents, biohazards and contraband. The Smiths Interconnect division offers specialized electronic and radio frequency components and sub-systems that connect, protect and control critical systems. The Flex-Tek division offers engineered components that heat and move fluids and gases, hosing and tubing.

Jason Industries Company Profile

Jason Industries is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including Assembled Products (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Indiana and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). All Jason companies utilize the Jason Business System, a collaborative manufacturing strategy applicable to a diverse group of companies that includes business principles and processes to ensure best-in-class results and collective strength. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,000 individuals in 15 countries.

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