Contrasting Crane (CR) & NF Energy Saving (NFEC)

NF Energy Saving (NASDAQ:NFEC) and Crane (NYSE:CR) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares NF Energy Saving and Crane’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NF Energy Saving -45.23% -11.18% -7.39%
Crane 6.76% 23.29% 8.24%



Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.3% of Crane shares are owned by institutional investors. 51.2% of NF Energy Saving shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of Crane shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Crane pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. NF Energy Saving does not pay a dividend. Crane pays out 30.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

NF Energy Saving has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crane has a beta of 1.33, suggesting that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for NF Energy Saving and Crane, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NF Energy Saving 0 0 0 0 N/A
Crane 0 1 9 0 2.90

Crane has a consensus target price of $110.29, suggesting a potential upside of 33.39%. Given Crane’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Crane is more favorable than NF Energy Saving.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NF Energy Saving and Crane’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NF Energy Saving $8.51 million 10.25 -$1.56 million N/A N/A
Crane $2.79 billion 1.76 $171.80 million $4.53 18.25

Crane has higher revenue and earnings than NF Energy Saving.

Summary

Crane beats NF Energy Saving on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NF Energy Saving

NF Energy Saving Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of energy-saving and intelligent flow control equipment in the People's Republic of China. The company manufactures large diameter energy efficient intelligent flow control systems for thermal and nuclear power generation plants, and national and regional water supply projects, as well as for municipal water, gas, and heat supply pipeline networks. It also provides equipment related to desulfurization, denitration, and dust removal for electric power generation, metallurgy, petrochemical, steel, cement, and heating supply industries. In addition, the company offers energy saving technology consulting, optimization design services, energy saving reconstruction of pipeline networks, and contractual energy management services for electric power, petrochemical, coal, metallurgy, construction, and municipal infrastructure industries. Further, it provides industrial valve components that are used in water supply and sewage systems, coal and gas fields, power generation stations, and petroleum and chemical industries; and develops and produces hi-tech and automatic-intelligence valve products. NF Energy Saving Corporation also exports its products to the United States, Russia, Turkey, Italy, Bulgaria, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Thailand, South Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The company was formerly known as NF Energy Saving Corporation of America and changed its name to NF Energy Saving Corporation in August 2009. NF Energy Saving Corporation is based in Shenyang, the People's Republic of China.

About Crane

Crane Co. manufactures and sells engineered industrial products worldwide. The company's Fluid Handling segment offers process valves and related products, including on/off valves and related products for application in the chemical, oil and gas, power, and general industrial end markets; valves and related products for the non-residential construction, general industrial, and municipal markets; and pumps and related products for water and wastewater applications in the industrial, municipal, commercial, and military markets. This segment offers its products under the Crane, Saunders, Jenkins, Pacific, Xomox, Krombach, DEPA, ELRO, REVO, Flowseal, Centerline, Resistoflex, Duochek, Barksdale, Westlock, WTA, Stockham, Wask, Viking Johnson, IAT, Hattersley, NABIC, Sperryn, Wade, Rhodes, Brownall, Deming, Weinman, Burks, and Barnes names. Its Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment provides coin acceptors and dispensers, coin hoppers and recyclers, bill validators and recyclers, and cashless systems; vending equipment that dispenses food, snack, and hot and cold beverages; and vending management software, and cashless payment and wireless connectivity products, as well as engineered banknotes. This segment serves retail self-checkout, vending, casino gaming, government lotteries, parking, transit fare collection, payment kiosks, and banking markets, as well as food and beverage companies. The company's Aerospace & Electronics segment provides original equipment and aftermarket parts under the Hydro-Aire, ELDEC, Lear Romec, P.L. Porter, Keltec, Interpoint, Signal Technology, Merrimac Industries, and Polyflon names to commercial and military aerospace, and defense markets. Its Engineered Materials segment offers fiberglass-reinforced plastic panels and coils for use in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles, and truck bodies and trailers, as well as commercial and industrial buildings. The company was founded in 1855 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

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