Entegris (NASDAQ: ENTG) and Fortive (NYSE:FTV) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and earnings.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Entegris and Fortive’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Fortive has higher revenue and earnings than Entegris. Fortive is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Entegris, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Entegris pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Fortive pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Entegris pays out 7.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Fortive pays out 10.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.
Volatility & Risk
Entegris has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fortive has a beta of 0.44, indicating that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Entegris and Fortive’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional & Insider Ownership
96.2% of Entegris shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.7% of Fortive shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Entegris shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of Fortive shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Entegris and Fortive, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Entegris currently has a consensus price target of $32.30, indicating a potential downside of 1.37%. Fortive has a consensus price target of $70.40, indicating a potential downside of 4.09%. Given Entegris’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Entegris is more favorable than Fortive.
Fortive beats Entegris on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
Entegris Company Profile
Entegris, Inc. is a global developer, manufacturer and supplier of microcontamination control products, specialty chemicals and materials handling solutions for manufacturing processes in the semiconductor and other high-technology industries. The Company operates in three business segments: Specialty Chemicals and Engineered Materials (SCEM), Advanced Materials Handling (AMH) and Microcontamination Control (MC). The SCEM segment provides process chemistries, gases, materials and delivery systems to support semiconductor and other manufacturing processes. The AMH segment develops solutions to monitor, protect, transport, and deliver critical liquid chemistries and substrates for a set of applications in the semiconductor industry and other high-technology industries. AMH offers wafer solutions, chemical containers and fluidics. MC offers solutions to purify critical liquid chemistries and gases used in semiconductor manufacturing processes and other high-technology industries.
Fortive Company Profile
Fortive Corporation is a diversified industrial growth company. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets professional and engineered products, software and services for a range of end markets. The Company operates through two segments: Professional Instrumentation and Industrial Technologies. The Company’s brands operate in field instrumentation, transportation, sensing, product realization, automation and specialty, and franchise distribution markets. The Professional Instrumentation segment offers essential products, software and services used to create actionable intelligence by measuring and monitoring a range of physical parameters in industrial applications, including electrical current, radio frequency signals, distance, pressure and temperature. The Industrial Technologies segment offers critical technical equipment, components, software and services for manufacturing, repair and transportation markets around the world.
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