Financial Contrast: Barnes Group (NYSE:B) versus Gardner Denver Holdings (GDI)

Gardner Denver Holdings (NYSE: GDI) and Barnes Group (NYSE:B) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.


Barnes Group pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Gardner Denver Holdings does not pay a dividend. Barnes Group pays out 19.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Gardner Denver Holdings has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Gardner Denver Holdings and Barnes Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gardner Denver Holdings $1.94 billion 2.91 -$36.62 million N/A N/A
Barnes Group $1.23 billion 2.72 $135.60 million $2.84 22.02

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gardner Denver Holdings N/A N/A N/A
Barnes Group 11.20% 12.44% 6.96%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.1% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.0% of Barnes Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Gardner Denver Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% of Barnes Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Gardner Denver Holdings and Barnes Group, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gardner Denver Holdings 0 1 9 0 2.90
Barnes Group 0 3 3 0 2.50

Gardner Denver Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $29.50, suggesting a potential upside of 2.57%. Barnes Group has a consensus price target of $65.60, suggesting a potential upside of 4.91%. Given Barnes Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Barnes Group is more favorable than Gardner Denver Holdings.

About Gardner Denver Holdings

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.

About Barnes Group

Barnes Group Inc. is an industrial and aerospace manufacturer and service provider, serving a range of end markets and customers. The Company’s engineered products, industrial technologies, and solutions are used in applications that provide transportation, manufacturing, healthcare products and technology to the world. Its segments include Industrial and Aerospace. The Industrial segment is engaged in the manufacturing of precision parts, products and systems for applications serving a customer base in end-markets, such as transportation, industrial equipment, consumer products, packaging, electronics, medical devices and energy. The Industrial segment includes the Molding Solutions, Nitrogen Gas Products and Engineered Components business units. The Aerospace segment includes the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) business and the aftermarket business, which includes maintenance repair and overhaul services and the manufacture and delivery of aerospace aftermarket spare parts.

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