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Danaher Vs. Agilent: Which Is The Better Option For Long-Term Investors

Mar. 15, 2023 7:02 AM ETAgilent Technologies, Inc. (A), DHRDHR.PB2 Comments
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  • Agilent and Danaher have significantly outperformed the market, and have solid competitive advantages.
  • The laboratory equipment and measurement devices industry is forecasted to grow at a ~7% CAGR to the year 2030.
  • While we believe that both companies are trading close to fair value, there is one we currently find more attractive.
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The laboratory equipment and measurement devices industry is particularly attractive, as it has good economics and is fairly resilient. Two companies we particularly like are Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) and Danaher (NYSE:DHR), both of which have delivered outstanding

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Comments (2)

Could you tell me about the situation with Philips and Agilent? Will Philips make a strong come-back? Or will Agilent keep taking market shares?
I don't see much difference in balance sheets. Danaher has strong coverage and low leverage. DHR is the winner looking back, but Agilent might be the winner looking forward, going by estimates of eps and revenue growth. And there is something to be said for strategy. Agilent innovates while Danaher acquires. Tough pick, both good names.

Danaher 7yr metrics:
Beta 0.78
Stock market correlation 0.62%
Standard deviation annualized 21.15%
Sharpe 0.91
Up capture 99%, Down capture 59%
Lower debt/cap (than A), lower debt/equity, higher current ratio, 35x interest coverage

Agilent 7yr metrics:
Beta 1.05
stock market correlation 0.75%
Standard deviation annualized 23.57%
Sharpe 0.83
Up capture 137%, Down capture 108%
Projected higher eps growth, projected higher rev growth, higher volatility, higher overall risk
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