Applied Industrial Technologies (AIT) & Hudson Technologies (HDSN) Head to Head Survey

Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) and Hudson Technologies (NASDAQ:HDSN) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Applied Industrial Technologies and Hudson Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Applied Industrial Technologies 0 3 0 0 2.00
Hudson Technologies 0 1 2 0 2.67

Applied Industrial Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $63.00, suggesting a potential downside of 12.77%. Hudson Technologies has a consensus price target of $7.75, suggesting a potential upside of 77.75%. Given Hudson Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Hudson Technologies is more favorable than Applied Industrial Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

Applied Industrial Technologies has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hudson Technologies has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Applied Industrial Technologies and Hudson Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Applied Industrial Technologies 5.43% 16.53% 8.99%
Hudson Technologies 7.95% 11.97% 7.83%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.5% of Applied Industrial Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.1% of Hudson Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Applied Industrial Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.0% of Hudson Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Applied Industrial Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Hudson Technologies does not pay a dividend. Applied Industrial Technologies pays out 42.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Applied Industrial Technologies has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Applied Industrial Technologies and Hudson Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Applied Industrial Technologies $2.59 billion 1.08 $133.91 million $2.84 25.43
Hudson Technologies $140.38 million 1.32 $11.15 million $0.47 9.28

Applied Industrial Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Hudson Technologies. Hudson Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Applied Industrial Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Applied Industrial Technologies beats Hudson Technologies on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Applied Industrial Technologies

Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. is an industrial distributor in North America, Australia and New Zealand, serving maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), and original equipment manufacturing customers in various industries. In addition, the Company provides engineering, design, and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber, and fluid power shop services. It operates in two segments: service center-based distribution and fluid power businesses. The service center-based distribution segment provides customers with a range of industrial products primarily through a network of service centers. The fluid power businesses segment consists of specialized regional companies that distribute fluid power components, design and assemble fluid power systems, and perform equipment repair. The fluid power businesses primarily sell products and services directly to customers rather than through the service centers.

About Hudson Technologies

Hudson Technologies Inc. operates as a refrigerant services company in the United States and internationally. It sells reclaimed and virgin refrigerants, and industrial gases; provides refrigerant management services, such as reclamation of refrigerants and laboratory testing, as well as re-usable cylinder refurbishment and hydrostatic testing. The company also offers RefrigerantSide services, including system decontamination to remove moisture, oils, and other contaminants, as well as refrigerant recovery and reclamation services; predictive and diagnostic services that are intended to predict potential problems in air conditioning and refrigeration systems under the Chiller Chemistry, Fluid Chemistry, and Chill Smart names; and SmartEnergy OPS service, a Web-based real time continuous monitoring service for measuring, modifying, and enhancing the efficiency of energy systems comprising air conditioning and refrigeration systems. In addition, it participates in the generation of carbon offset projects. The company serves commercial, industrial, and governmental customers, as well as refrigerant wholesalers, distributors, contractors, and refrigeration equipment manufacturers; and customers in petrochemical, pharmaceutical, industrial power, manufacturing, commercial facility and property management, and maritime industries. Hudson Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Pearl River, New York.

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