Head-To-Head Review: Fortive (FTV) versus Hurco Companies (HURC)

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Fortive (NYSE: FTV) and Hurco Companies (NASDAQ:HURC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Fortive pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Hurco Companies pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Fortive pays out 9.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.4% of Fortive shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.0% of Hurco Companies shares are held by institutional investors. 12.1% of Fortive shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of Hurco Companies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Fortive and Hurco Companies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fortive 0 5 5 0 2.50
Hurco Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fortive presently has a consensus target price of $80.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.95%. Given Fortive’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Fortive is more favorable than Hurco Companies.

Risk & Volatility

Fortive has a beta of 0.51, suggesting that its share price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hurco Companies has a beta of 0.37, suggesting that its share price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Fortive and Hurco Companies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fortive $6.66 billion 3.95 $1.04 billion $2.89 26.13
Hurco Companies $243.67 million 1.30 $15.11 million N/A N/A

Fortive has higher revenue and earnings than Hurco Companies.

Profitability

This table compares Fortive and Hurco Companies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fortive 16.12% 29.86% 11.17%
Hurco Companies 6.52% 10.01% 7.18%

Summary

Fortive beats Hurco Companies on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fortive

Fortive Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services professional and engineered products, software, and services worldwide. Its Professional Instrumentation segment provides test tools, and thermal imaging and calibration equipment for electrical, industrial, electronic, and calibration applications; online condition-based monitoring equipment; portable gas detection equipment, consumables, and software as a service offerings; subscription-based technical, analytical, and compliance services; and maintenance management software for critical infrastructure in utility, industrial, energy, construction, public safety, mining, and healthcare applications. This segment also provides product realization services and products that help developers and engineers across the end-to-end product creation cycle from concepts to finished products; materials components; and devices that sense, monitor, and control operational or manufacturing variables. This segment markets its products and services under the FLUKE, FLUKE BIOMEDICAL, FLUKE NETWORKS, INDUSTRIAL SCIENTIFIC, LANDAUER, QUALITROL, INVETECH, KEITHLEY, PACIFIC SCIENTIFIC ENERGETIC MATERIALS COMPANY, SONIX, and TEKTRONIX brands. Its Industrial Technologies segment offers solutions and services for use in fuel dispensing, remote fuel management, point-of-sale and payment systems, environmental compliance, vehicle tracking, and fleet and traffic management under the ANGI, GASBOY, GILBARCO, GILBARCO AUTOTANK, ORPAK, and VEEDER-ROOT brands; and various electromechanical and electronic motion control products, mechanical components, and supplemental braking systems for commercial vehicles under the DYNAPAR, HENGSTLER, JAKE BRAKE, KOLLMORGEN, PORTESCAP, and THOMSON brands. It also offers professional tools, toolboxes, and automotive diagnostic equipment under the MATCO brand; and wheel service equipment under the COATS brand. The company was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in Everett, Washington.

About Hurco Companies

Hurco Companies, Inc., an industrial technology company, designs, manufactures, and sells computerized machine tools to companies in the metal cutting industry worldwide. The company offers general purpose computerized machine tools, such as vertical machining centers and turning centers. It also provides computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools, knee mills, vertical machining centers, tool room bed mills, combination lathes, horizontal machining centers, slant-bed lathes, and bridge mills; and double column vertical machining centers, and high-speed drill and tap machines. In addition, the company offers Autobend, a computer control system for metal bending press brake machines; software option products for part programming; and LCM machine tool components and accessories, including CNC rotary and tilt tables, and swivel heads and electro-spindles. Further, it provides installation, warranty, operator training, and customer support services; and sells software options, computer control upgrades, accessories, and replacement parts for its products. The company serves precision tool, die, and mold manufacturers; independent job shops; and specialized short-run production applications, as well as original equipment manufacturers of new metal fabrication machine tools. It sells its products through independent agents and distributors; and direct sales and service organizations under the Hurco, Milltronics, and Takumi brands. Hurco Companies, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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