Comparing of SPX Corporation (SPXC) and Crane Co. (NYSE:CR)

SPX Corporation (NYSE:SPXC) and Crane Co. (NYSE:CR) have been rivals in the Diversified Machinery for quite some time. Below is a review of each business including various aspects such as institutional ownership, earnings and valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SPX Corporation 1.54B 0.99 78.20M 1.77 20.62
Crane Co. 3.35B 1.48 335.60M 5.43 15.66

Demonstrates SPX Corporation and Crane Co. earnings per share, gross revenue and valuation. Crane Co. has higher revenue and earnings than SPX Corporation. The company with a higher P/E ratio is presently more expensive of the two stocks. SPX Corporation’s presently higher P/E ratio means it is more expensive than Crane Co.


Table 2 shows the return on equity, return on assets and net margins of the two firms.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SPX Corporation 5.08% 22% 3.9%
Crane Co. 10.02% 22.6% 8%

Risk and Volatility

SPX Corporation’s 1.39 beta indicates that its volatility is 39.00% more volatile than that of Standard & Poor’s 500. Crane Co. has a 1.37 beta and it is 37.00% more volatile than Standard & Poor’s 500.


The current Quick Ratio of SPX Corporation is 1 while its Current Ratio is 1.3. Meanwhile, Crane Co. has a Current Ratio of 1.8 while its Quick Ratio is 1.3. Crane Co. is better positioned to pay off its short-term and long-term debts than SPX Corporation.


Crane Co. also pays out annual dividends at $1.4 per share and at a 1.69% dividend yield. SPX Corporation does not offer a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

Ratings and Recommendations for SPX Corporation and Crane Co. can be find in next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
SPX Corporation 0 0 0 0.00
Crane Co. 0 1 3 2.75

Meanwhile, Crane Co.’s average price target is $105, while its potential upside is 26.86%.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

SPX Corporation and Crane Co. has shares owned by institutional investors as follows: 92.1% and 72.4%. About 1.7% of SPX Corporation’s share are owned by insiders. Comparatively, insiders own roughly 1% of Crane Co.’s shares.


In this table we show the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
SPX Corporation -1.01% 22.49% 21.71% 6.08% 18.27% 30.1%
Crane Co. -0.71% 2.67% -1.03% -7.34% -5.93% 17.72%

For the past year SPX Corporation has stronger performance than Crane Co.


Crane Co. beats on 13 of the 15 factors SPX Corporation.

SPX Corporation supplies infrastructure equipment serving the heating and ventilation (HVAC), detection and measurement, power transmission and generation, and industrial markets in the United States, China, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and internationally. It operates through three segments: HVAC, Detection and Measurement, and Engineered Solutions. The HVAC segment engineers, designs, manufactures, installs, and services cooling products for the HVAC and industrial markets, as well as boilers, comfort heating, and ventilation products for the residential and commercial markets. The Detection and Measurement segment offers underground pipe and cable locators, and inspection equipment, as well as bus fare collection systems, communication technologies, and specialty lighting products. The Engineered Solutions segment provides transformers for the power transmission and distribution markets; and process cooling equipment, as well as rotating and stationary heat exchangers for the power generation and industrial markets. This segment sells transformers for publicly and privately held utilities under the Waukesha brand name; and process cooling products and heat exchangers under the brand names of SPX Cooling, Marley, Yuba, and Ecolaire. The company markets its products through various distribution channels, such as direct to customers, independent manufacturing representatives, third-party distributors and representatives, and retailers. SPX Corporation is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Crane Co. manufactures and sells engineered industrial products in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and internationally. The companyÂ’s Fluid Handling segment provides process valves and related products, such as on/off valves and related products for critical and demanding applications in the chemical, oil and gas, power, non-residential construction, and general industrial end markets; and pumps and related products for water and wastewater applications in the industrial, municipal, commercial, and military markets. This segment offers its products under the Crane, Saunders, Jenkins, Pacific, Xomox, Krombach, DEPA, ELRO, REVO, Flowseal, Centerline, Resistoflex, Duochek, Barksdale, WTA, Deming, Weinman, Burks, and Barnes trade names. Its Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment offers coin acceptors and dispensers, coin hoppers, coin recyclers, bill validators, bill recyclers, and cashless systems; vending equipment that dispenses food, snack, and hot and cold beverages; and other solutions comprising vending management software, cashless payment products, and wireless connectivity products. This segment serves retail self-checkout, vending, casino gaming, government lotteries, parking, transit fare collection, payment kiosks, and banking markets, as well as vending operators, and food and beverage companies. The companyÂ’s Aerospace & Electronics segment provides original equipment and aftermarket parts under the Hydro-Aire, ELDEC, Lear Romec, P.L. Porter, Keltec, Interpoint, Signal Technology, Merrimac Industries, and Polyflon brand names. This segment serves commercial aerospace, and military aerospace and defense markets. Its Engineered Materials segment offers fiberglass-reinforced plastic panels and coils for use in manufacturing recreational vehicles (RV), truck bodies, and truck trailers, as well as applications in commercial and industrial buildings. Crane Co. was founded in 1855 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

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