Financial Contrast: Crane (NYSE:CR) versus KUKA Aktiengesellschaft (OTCMKTS:KUKAF)

KUKA Aktiengesellschaft (OTCMKTS:KUKAFGet Free Report) and Crane (NYSE:CRGet Free Report) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

18.4% of KUKA Aktiengesellschaft shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.1% of Crane shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Crane shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for KUKA Aktiengesellschaft and Crane, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KUKA Aktiengesellschaft 0 0 0 0 N/A
Crane 0 2 6 0 2.75

Crane has a consensus price target of $143.67, suggesting a potential downside of 2.65%. Given Crane’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Crane is more favorable than KUKA Aktiengesellschaft.


This table compares KUKA Aktiengesellschaft and Crane’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KUKA Aktiengesellschaft N/A N/A N/A
Crane 13.10% 24.45% 10.14%


KUKA Aktiengesellschaft pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Crane pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. KUKA Aktiengesellschaft pays out 12.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Crane pays out 22.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Crane has raised its dividend for 1 consecutive years. Crane is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares KUKA Aktiengesellschaft and Crane’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KUKA Aktiengesellschaft N/A N/A N/A $1.82 42.85
Crane $2.14 billion 3.95 $401.10 million $3.73 39.57

Crane has higher revenue and earnings than KUKA Aktiengesellschaft. Crane is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than KUKA Aktiengesellschaft, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Crane beats KUKA Aktiengesellschaft on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About KUKA Aktiengesellschaft

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KUKA Aktiengesellschaft, an automation company, manufactures, markets, and services robot-based automation solutions for markets, such as automotive, electronics, metal and plastic, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail, and healthcare in Germany and internationally. It industrial, collaborative, and mobile robots, as well as robot controllers, software, and digital services for industrial Internet of Things. The company also provides automated guided vehicles and other automation components to production cells, turnkey systems, and networked production with the aid of cloud-based IT tools; individual system components, tools and fixtures, and automated production cells; and robot-based and modular manufacturing cells, as well as support services. In addition, it offers automated solutions for hospitals, warehouses, and distribution centers; and warehouse management systems and healthcare systems. KUKA Aktiengesellschaft was formerly known as Industrie-Werke Karlsruhe Augsburg Aktiengesellschaft and changed its name to KUKA Aktiengesellschaft in 2007. The company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany. KUKA Aktiengesellschaft operates as a subsidiary of GD Midea Holding Co., Ltd.

About Crane

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Crane Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells engineered industrial products in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Aerospace & Electronics, Process Flow Technologies, and Engineered Materials. The Aerospace & Electronics segment supplies critical components and systems, including original equipment and aftermarket parts for commercial aerospace, as well as the military aerospace, defense, and space markets. This segment also offers pressure sensors for aircraft engine control, aircraft braking systems for commercial aircraft and fighter jets, power conversion solutions for spacecraft, and lubrication systems. The Process Flow Technologies segment provides engineered fluid handling equipment for mission-critical applications. It offers process valves and related products, such as lined pipe, fittings and hoses, air-operated diaphragm and peristaltic pumps, instrumentation and sampling systems, valve positioning and control systems, and valve diagnostic and calibration systems; commercial valves; and pumps and systems. The Engineered Materials segment manufactures fiberglass-reinforced plastic panels and coils for use in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles, as well as in commercial and industrial building applications. This segment sells directly to RV, trailer, and truck manufacturers, as well as through distributors and retailers. The company provides its products and solutions to end markets, including commercial and military aerospace, defense, and space; chemical and pharmaceutical production; water and wastewater; non-residential and municipal construction; energy; and other general industrial and consumer-related applications. The company was formerly known as Crane Holdings, Co. Crane Company was founded in 1855 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

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