Reviewing CIRCOR International (CIR) and Highway (HIHO)

CIRCOR International (NYSE:CIR) and Highway (NASDAQ:HIHO) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CIRCOR International and Highway’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CIRCOR International $661.71 million 0.81 $11.78 million $1.71 15.88
Highway $19.17 million 0.58 $1.55 million N/A N/A

CIRCOR International has higher revenue and earnings than Highway.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for CIRCOR International and Highway, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CIRCOR International 0 2 2 0 2.50
Highway 0 0 0 0 N/A

CIRCOR International presently has a consensus target price of $43.00, indicating a potential upside of 58.38%. Given CIRCOR International’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe CIRCOR International is more favorable than Highway.

Volatility and Risk

CIRCOR International has a beta of 2.36, indicating that its share price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Highway has a beta of 0.65, indicating that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.1% of CIRCOR International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.7% of Highway shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of CIRCOR International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Highway pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.9%. CIRCOR International does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares CIRCOR International and Highway’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CIRCOR International -2.22% 6.78% 2.12%
Highway 5.86% 8.58% 5.64%

Summary

CIRCOR International beats Highway on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

CIRCOR International Company Profile

CIRCOR International, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets engineered products and sub-systems worldwide. It operates through three segments: Energy, Advanced Flow Solutions, and Fluid Handling. The Energy segment offers a range of flow control solutions and services, including valves, such as engineered trunion and floating ball valves; gate, globe, and check valves; and butterfly valves, as well as delayed coking unheading devices, and fluid catalytic converter and isolation valves. It also provides instrumentation fittings and sampling systems comprising sight glasses and gauge valves; liquid level controllers and level switches, plugs and probes pressure controllers, and pressure regulators; and pipeline pigs, quick opening closures, and pig signalers. This segment offers its products and services to end-user customers, such as oil companies; engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies; and distributors through direct sales, sales representatives, and agents. The Advanced Flow Solutions segment 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. Its products and services are used by various customers in the military and defense, commercial aerospace, business and general aviation, process industries, and power generation markets. This segment serves aircraft manufacturers and tier 1 suppliers to aircraft manufacturers, power companies and their contractors, and other industrial customers. The Fluid Handling segment provides 3 and 2 screw, progressing cavity, specialty centrifugal, and gear metering pumps; multiphase pump systems; and oil mist systems, oil purifiers, and tank cleaning systems for the end-users, OEMs, defense contractors, and EPC companies. CIRCOR International, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Highway Company Profile

Highway Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and supplies metal, plastic, electric, and electronic components, subassemblies, and finished products for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and contract manufacturers. The company operates in two segments, Metal Stamping and Mechanical OEM, and Electric OEM. It also engages in the trade of plastic injection products; and manufactures and assembles metal, plastic, mold, and electronic products, as well as automation equipment. The company's products are used in the manufacture of products, such as photocopiers, laser printers, print cartridges, electrical connectors, electrical circuits, vacuum cleaners, LED power supplies, stepping motors, pumps for dishwashers, and other washing machine components. In addition, it assists customers in the design and development of the tooling used in the metal and plastic manufacturing process, as well as provides an array of other manufacturing and engineering services. The company serves customers in Hong Kong/China, Europe, North America, and other Asian countries. Highway Holdings Limited was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Sheung Shui, Hong Kong.

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