Critical Analysis: Crawford United (OTCMKTS:CRAWA) and Electro-Sensors (OTCMKTS:ELSE)

Crawford United (OTCMKTS:CRAWA) and Electro-Sensors (NASDAQ:ELSE) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

Crawford United has a beta of 0.26, indicating that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Electro-Sensors has a beta of 0.36, indicating that its stock price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.4% of Electro-Sensors shares are held by institutional investors. 71.9% of Crawford United shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of Electro-Sensors shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Crawford United and Electro-Sensors’ top-line 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 0.81 $3.61 million $1.52 12.83
Electro-Sensors $7.49 million 1.77 -$10,000.00 N/A N/A

Crawford United has higher revenue and earnings than Electro-Sensors.

Profitability

This table compares Crawford United and Electro-Sensors’ 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%
Electro-Sensors 3.71% 2.41% 2.29%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Crawford United and Electro-Sensors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crawford United 0 0 0 0 N/A
Electro-Sensors 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Crawford United beats Electro-Sensors on 6 of the 10 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.

Electro-Sensors Company Profile

Electro-Sensors, Inc. manufactures and sells industrial production monitoring and process control systems. It manufactures and sells various monitoring systems that measure machine production and operation rates, as well as systems that regulate the speed of related machines in production processes. The company's speed monitoring systems include a line of products that measure production counts or rates, such as parts, gallons, or board feet; and alarm systems, tachometers, and other devices that translate impulses from the sensors. Its temperature application products consist of bearing, gear box, and motor temperature monitoring. The company also offers production monitoring devices that include a belt alignment and slide gate position monitor; vibration monitoring products; and tilt switches. In addition, it provides hazard monitoring systems, which integrate its sensors for monitoring temperature, belt misalignment, and shaft speed; and wireless hazard technology monitoring systems under the HazardPRO product name. It serves customers in various industries, such as grain, feed, milling, bulk material, manufacturing, food product, ethanol, and power generation, and other processing industries. The company sells its products through internal sales team, manufacturer's representatives, and distributors in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. Electro-Sensors, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Electro-Sensors, Inc. is a subsidiary of Estate Of Nancy Peterson.

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