Financial Review: Gardner Denver Holdings (GDI) & CLARCOR (CLC)

CLARCOR (NYSE: CLC) and Gardner Denver Holdings (NYSE:GDI) are both mid-cap industrial machinery & equipment – nec companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.


This table compares CLARCOR and Gardner Denver Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CLARCOR 7.71% 10.16% 6.66%
Gardner Denver Holdings N/A N/A N/A


CLARCOR pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Gardner Denver Holdings does not pay a dividend. CLARCOR pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Gardner Denver Holdings has raised its dividend for 52 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for CLARCOR and Gardner Denver Holdings, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CLARCOR 1 1 0 0 1.50
Gardner Denver Holdings 0 1 9 0 2.90

CLARCOR currently has a consensus price target of $83.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.00%. Gardner Denver Holdings has a consensus price target of $29.50, indicating a potential upside of 2.93%. Given Gardner Denver Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Gardner Denver Holdings is more favorable than CLARCOR.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.9% of CLARCOR shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of CLARCOR shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CLARCOR and Gardner Denver Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CLARCOR N/A N/A N/A $2.84 29.23
Gardner Denver Holdings $1.94 billion 2.90 -$36.62 million N/A N/A

CLARCOR has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Gardner Denver Holdings.


Gardner Denver Holdings beats CLARCOR on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

CLARCOR Company Profile

CLARCOR Inc. is engaged in providing filtration products, filtration systems and services, and consumer and industrial packaging products. The Company’s segments are Engine/Mobile Filtration and Industrial/Environmental Filtration. Its Engine/Mobile Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products for on-road and off-road mobile and stationary applications. Its Industrial/Environmental Filtration segment manufactures and sells filtration products used in industrial and commercial processes, and in buildings and infrastructures of various types. Its liquid process filtration products include specialty industrial process liquid filters; filters for pharmaceutical processes and beverages; filtration systems, filters and coalescers for the oil and natural gas industry; filtration systems for aircraft refueling, anti-pollution, sewage treatment and water recycling; bilge water separators, and sand control filters for oil and gas drilling.

Gardner Denver Holdings Company Profile

Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc. is a global provider of mission-critical flow control and compression equipments and associated aftermarket parts, consumables and services. The Company operates through three business segments: Industry, Energy and Medical. Industry segment designs, manufactures, markets and services a range of air compression, vacuum and blower products. Energy segment supplies positive displacement pumps, liquid ring vacuum pumps, compressors and integrated systems, engineered fluid loading and transfer equipment and associated aftermarket parts. Medical segment designs, manufactures and supplies medical equipment, laboratory vacuum and automated liquid handling end-markets The Company’s products are sold under a range of brands namely Gardner Denver, CompAir, Nash, Emco Wheaton, Robuschi, Elmo Rietschle and Thomas.

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