Contrasting Energy Recovery (ERII) & Flow International (FLOW)

Energy Recovery (NASDAQ: ERII) and Flow International (NASDAQ:FLOW) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Energy Recovery and Flow International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Energy Recovery 0 0 7 0 3.00
Flow International 1 2 3 0 2.33

Energy Recovery presently has a consensus price target of $16.43, indicating a potential upside of 87.76%. Flow International has a consensus price target of $43.00, indicating a potential downside of 11.87%. Given Energy Recovery’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Energy Recovery is more favorable than Flow International.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Energy Recovery and Flow International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Energy Recovery $49.72 million 9.43 $1.03 million $0.06 145.83
Flow International N/A N/A N/A $0.04 1,219.75

Energy Recovery has higher revenue and earnings than Flow International. Energy Recovery is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Flow International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

33.5% of Energy Recovery shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.6% of Energy Recovery shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Energy Recovery and Flow International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Energy Recovery 7.78% 5.75% 2.60%
Flow International N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Energy Recovery beats Flow International on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Energy Recovery

Energy Recovery, Inc. is an energy solutions provider to industrial fluid flow markets. The Company’s solutions convert wasted pressure energy into a reusable asset and preserve or eliminate pumping technology in hostile processing environments. Its segments include Water, Oil & Gas, and Corporate. The Water Segment focuses on products sold for use in reverse osmosis water desalination. The Oil & Gas Segment consists of products sold for use in hydraulic fracturing, gas processing, and chemical processing. The Company offers energy recovery devices (ERDs) in the water desalination market with its pressure exchanger (PX) and turbocharger technologies. The Company offers VorTeq hydraulic fracturing system, IsoBoost, and IsoGen product lines to the oil and gas market. The Company’s customers include engineering, procurement and construction companies, original equipment manufacturers, international oil companies, national oil companies, and exploration and production companies.

About Flow International

SPX FLOW, Inc. provides various engineered solutions worldwide. The company engineers, designs, manufactures, and markets products and solutions used to process, blend, filter, dry, meter, and transport fluids with a focus on original equipment installation, including turn-key systems, modular systems, and components, as well as aftermarket components and support services. It operates through three segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. The Food and Beverage segment offers mixing, drying, evaporation, and separation systems and components; heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies; and turn-key systems primarily under the Anhydro, APV, Bran+Luebbe, Gerstenberg Schroeder, LIGHTNIN, Seital, and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell brands. The Power and Energy segment provides pumps, valves, and related accessories primarily for customers in oil and gas, and nuclear and other conventional power industries under the APV, Bran+Luebbe, ClydeUnion Pumps, Copes-Vulcan, Dollinger Filtration, LIGHTNIN, M&J Valve, Plenty, and Vokes brands. The Industrial segment offers air dryers, filtration equipment, mixers, pumps, hydraulic technologies, and heat exchangers under the Airpel, APV, Bolting Systems, Delair, Deltech, Hankison, Jemaco, Johnson Pump, LIGHTNIN, Power Team, and Stone brands. It primarily serves customers in chemical, air treatment, mining, pharmaceutical, marine, shipbuilding, infrastructure construction, general industrial, and water treatment industries. SPX FLOW, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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