ESCO Technologies (ESE) and Grow Condos (GRWC) Head-To-Head Review

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Grow Condos (OTCMKTS:GRWC) and ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Grow Condos and ESCO Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grow Condos 0 0 0 0 N/A
ESCO Technologies 0 1 2 0 2.67

ESCO Technologies has a consensus target price of $73.50, suggesting a potential upside of 20.06%. Given ESCO Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ESCO Technologies is more favorable than Grow Condos.

Profitability

This table compares Grow Condos and ESCO Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grow Condos -736.39% N/A -116.44%
ESCO Technologies 11.09% 8.76% 4.91%

Risk and Volatility

Grow Condos has a beta of -1.36, suggesting that its stock price is 236% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ESCO Technologies has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

ESCO Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Grow Condos does not pay a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.9% of ESCO Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 31.5% of Grow Condos shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of ESCO Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Grow Condos and ESCO Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grow Condos $330,000.00 22.10 -$2.48 million N/A N/A
ESCO Technologies $685.74 million 2.31 $53.70 million N/A N/A

ESCO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Grow Condos.

Summary

ESCO Technologies beats Grow Condos on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Grow Condos Company Profile

Grow Condos, Inc. operates as a real estate purchaser, developer, and manager of specific use industrial properties in the United States. It provides condo style turn-key grow facilities to support cannabis growers. The company is also involved in the development, lease, ownership, and provision of investment sales opportunities for commercial industrial properties focused in the cannabis production arena. In addition, it offers tenants the option to lease, lease to purchase, or buy the condo warehouse units. Grow Condos, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 and is based in Eagle Point, Oregon.

ESCO Technologies Company Profile

ESCO Technologies Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and supplies engineered products and systems for utility, industrial, aerospace, and commercial applications worldwide. The company's Filtration segment supplies filtration and fluid control products, including filter elements, manifolds, assemblies, modules, indicators, custom and standard valves, filters, regulators, actuators, and other related components; and elastomeric-based signature reduction solutions. Its RF Shielding and Test segment designs and manufactures RF test facilities, acoustic test enclosures, RF and magnetically shielded rooms, secure communication facilities, RF measurement systems, and broadcast and recording studios; and components, such as RF absorptive materials, RF filters, active compensation systems, antennas, antenna masts, turntables, electric and magnetic probes, RF test cells, proprietary measurement software, and other test accessories to perform various tests. This segment also provides calibration for antennas and field probes, chamber certification, field surveys, customer training, and various product tests. The company's Utility Solutions Group segment develops, manufactures, and delivers diagnostic testing solutions, which include electric power grid and enterprise management systems for electrical equipment. This segment's solutions include protection diagnostics with the Doble Protection Suite and F6000 series, the M4100 and transformational technology of the M7100 Doble Tester, the dobleARMS asset risk management system, and Doble's Enoserv PowerBase and DUCe compliance tools. Its Technical Packaging segment offers thermoformed products and packaging materials for medical, pharmaceutical, retail, food, and electronic applications. The company distributes its products through a network of distributors, sales representatives, direct sales teams, and in-house sales personnel. ESCO Technologies Inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

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