Contrasting Danaher (NYSE:DHR) and Universal Detection Technology (NYSE:UNDT)

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Danaher (NYSE:DHR) and Universal Detection Technology (OTCMKTS:UNDT) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Dividends

Danaher pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Universal Detection Technology does not pay a dividend. Danaher pays out 15.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Danaher and Universal Detection Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Danaher 0 2 11 0 2.85
Universal Detection Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Danaher currently has a consensus price target of $131.83, indicating a potential downside of 5.85%. Given Danaher’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Danaher is more favorable than Universal Detection Technology.

Volatility and Risk

Danaher has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Detection Technology has a beta of 3.89, indicating that its stock price is 289% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Danaher and Universal Detection Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Danaher 12.04% 11.61% 6.72%
Universal Detection Technology N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Danaher and Universal Detection Technology’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Danaher $19.89 billion 5.04 $2.65 billion $4.52 30.98
Universal Detection Technology N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Danaher has higher revenue and earnings than Universal Detection Technology.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.8% of Danaher shares are held by institutional investors. 11.4% of Danaher shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of Universal Detection Technology shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Danaher beats Universal Detection Technology on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Danaher Company Profile

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services worldwide. The company's Life Sciences segment provides mass spectrometers; cellular analysis, lab automation, and centrifugation instruments; microscopes; and genomics consumables. This segment also offers filtration, separation, and purification technologies to the biopharmaceutical, food and beverage, medical, aerospace, microelectronics, and general industrial sectors. Its Diagnostics segment provides chemistry, immunoassay, microbiology, and automation systems, as well as hematology and molecular diagnostics products. This segment offers analytical instruments, reagents, consumables, software, and services for hospitals, physicians' offices, reference laboratories, and other critical care settings. The company's Dental segment provides consumables, equipment, and services to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease and ailments of the teeth, gums, and supporting bone. This segment offers implant systems, dental prosthetics, and associated treatment planning software; orthodontic bracket systems and lab products; endodontic systems and related consumables; restorative materials and instruments; infection prevention products; digital imaging systems and software; air and electric powered handpieces, and consumables; and treatment units. Its Environmental & Applied Solutions segment offers instrumentation, services, and disinfection systems to analyze, treat, and manage water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. This segment also provides analytical instruments, software, services, and consumables for consumer, pharmaceutical, and industrial products. The company was formerly known as Diversified Mortgage Investors, Inc. and changed its name to Danaher Corporation in 1984. Danaher Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Washington, the District of Columbia.

Universal Detection Technology Company Profile

Universal Detection Technology engages in the research, development, marketing, and resale of detection devices for detecting chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats in the United States, Europe, and Asia. It supplies bioterrorism detection kits capable of detecting anthrax, ricin, botulinum, plague, and SEBs; mold detection kits; chemical detection equipment; and radiation detection systems. The company also provides various counter-terrorism services, such as training courses for first responders; event security; threat evaluation and consulting; and DVDs aimed at providing information and training regarding combating terrorism and managing emergency situations. It serves first responders, as well as bioterror and military defense markets. The company markets and sells its products through in-house staff and outside consultants, as well as through the Internet. The company was formerly known as Pollution Research and Control Corporation and changed its name to Universal Detection Technology in August 2003. Universal Detection Technology was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California.

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