Critical Comparison: CIRCOR International (CIR) vs. EnPro Industries (NPO)

CIRCOR International (NYSE: CIR) and EnPro Industries (NYSE:NPO) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.3% of CIRCOR International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.6% of EnPro Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of CIRCOR International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of EnPro Industries shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CIRCOR International and EnPro Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CIRCOR International $584.67 million 1.86 $56.38 million $0.67 98.18
EnPro Industries $1.19 billion 1.26 $167.70 million $0.61 115.34

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

Profitability

This table compares CIRCOR International and EnPro Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CIRCOR International 1.88% 7.21% 4.03%
EnPro Industries 1.10% 9.43% 2.25%

Dividends

CIRCOR International pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. EnPro Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. CIRCOR International pays out 22.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. EnPro Industries pays out 144.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for CIRCOR International and EnPro Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CIRCOR International 0 1 2 0 2.67
EnPro Industries 0 0 1 0 3.00

CIRCOR International presently has a consensus target price of $62.33, indicating a potential downside of 5.24%. EnPro Industries has a consensus target price of $85.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.81%. Given EnPro Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe EnPro Industries is more favorable than CIRCOR International.

Volatility and Risk

CIRCOR International has a beta of 1.68, meaning that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnPro Industries has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

CIRCOR International beats EnPro Industries on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CIRCOR International

CIRCOR International, Inc. (CIRCOR) designs, manufactures and markets engineered products and sub-systems for markets, including oil and gas, aerospace, power and process, and industrial solutions. The Company operates through two segments: CIRCOR Energy (Energy segment (Energy)) and CIRCOR Advanced Flow Solutions (Advanced Flow Solutions segment (AFS)). Energy provides engineered integrated flow control solutions, valves and services primarily in the oil and gas end market. AFS is a flow control technology platform. Energy provides its flow control solutions and services through the brands, including Circle Seal Controls, DeltaValve, Contromatics, Dopak Sampling and others. AFS manufactures and markets control valves, automatic recirculation valves, regulators, fluid controls, actuation systems, landing gear components, pneumatic controls, electro-mechanical controls, and other flow control products and systems. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 19 manufacturing facilities.

About EnPro Industries

EnPro Industries, Inc. is engaged in the designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing engineered industrial products. It operates through three segments. The Sealing Products segment includes three operating divisions: Garlock, which designs, manufactures and sells sealing products; Technetics, which designs, manufactures and sells metal seals and elastomeric seals, among others, and Stemco LP (Stemco), which designs, manufactures and sells heavy-duty truck wheel-end components and systems. The Engineered Products segment includes two industrial products businesses: GGB, which designs, manufactures and sells self-lubricating, non-rolling, metal polymer and engineered plastics, among others, and Compressor Products International, which designs, manufactures, sells and services components. The Power Systems segment includes Fairbanks Morse business, which designs, manufactures, sells and services heavy-duty, medium-speed diesel, natural gas and dual fuel reciprocating engines.

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