Reviewing Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (MTD)’s and West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE:WST)’s results

This is therefore a comparing of the analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and valuation in Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE:MTD) and West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE:WST). The two are both Medical Instruments & Supplies companies that compete with one another.

Earnings and Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mettler-Toledo International Inc. 778 3.21 23.90M 21.93 34.70
West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. 150 5.43 73.29M 3.01 48.93

Table 1 shows gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation of the two companies. West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. has lower revenue and earnings than Mettler-Toledo International Inc. When business has lower P/E means it is more affordable than its counterpart presently. Mettler-Toledo International Inc. is trading at a lower P/E ratio than West Pharmaceutical Services Inc., indicating that it is presently more affordable of the two stocks.


Table 2 hightlights the net margins, return on assets and return on equity of the two companies.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mettler-Toledo International Inc. 3,071,782.02% 105% 20.8%
West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. 48,886,072.57% 16.1% 11.1%

Risk and Volatility

Mettler-Toledo International Inc. is 33.00% more volatile than S&P 500 due to its 1.33 beta. West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.’s 24.00% more volatile than S&P 500 volatility due to the stock’s 1.24 beta.


The Current Ratio and Quick Ratio of Mettler-Toledo International Inc. are 1.3 and 0.9 respectively. Its competitor West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.’s Current Ratio is 3 and its Quick Ratio is 2.3. West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. can pay off short and long-term obligations better than Mettler-Toledo International Inc.

Analyst Recommendations

The Ratings and Recommendations for Mettler-Toledo International Inc. and West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. are featured in the next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mettler-Toledo International Inc. 2 4 0 2.67
West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. 0 0 0 0.00

Mettler-Toledo International Inc. has a -8.26% downside potential and an average price target of $750.83.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors held 98.5% of Mettler-Toledo International Inc. shares and 92.7% of West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. shares. Insiders held 0.4% of Mettler-Toledo International Inc. shares. On the other hand, insiders held about 0.1% of West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.’s shares.


Here are 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)
Mettler-Toledo International Inc. 5.78% 7.22% 11.98% -5.68% 24.73% 34.55%
West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. 0.3% 0.08% 1.39% 22.93% 35.92% 50.43%

For the past year Mettler-Toledo International Inc.’s stock price has smaller growth than West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.


On 8 of the 14 factors West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. beats Mettler-Toledo International Inc.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc. manufactures and supplies precision instruments and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations, and Other. It offers weighing instruments for laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics, and food retailing applications; analytical instruments for use in life science; reaction engineering and real-time analytic systems used in drug and chemical compound development; process analytics instruments used for in-line measurement in production processes; and end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging for food, pharmaceutical, and other industries. Its laboratory instruments include laboratory balances, liquid pipetting solutions, titrators, physical value analyzers, and thermal analysis systems, as well as other analytical instruments, such as moisture analyzers and density refractometers; and LabX, a PC-based laboratory embedded software platform. The companyÂ’s industrial solutions comprise industrial weighing instruments and terminals, automatic dimensional measurement and data capture solutions, vehicle scale systems, industrial software, and product inspection systems. Its retail weighing solutions consist of multiple weighing and food labeling solutions, stand-alone scales, and networked scales and software for handling fresh goods, such as meats, vegetables, fruits, and cheeses. The company serves the life science industry covering pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and independent research organizations; food and beverage producers; food retailers; chemical, specialty chemical, and cosmetics companies; transportation and logistics, metals, and electronics industries; and the academic community. The company markets its products through its direct sales force and indirect distribution channels. Mettler-Toledo International Inc. was founded in 1991 and is based in Columbus, Ohio.

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. manufactures and sells packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products in the United States, Germany, France, Other European countries, and internationally. The companyÂ’s Proprietary Products segment offers stoppers and seals for injectable packaging systems; and syringe and cartridge components, including custom solutions for the needs of injectable drug applications, as well as administration systems that enhance the safe delivery of drugs through advanced reconstitution, mixing, and transfer technologies. It also provides drug containment solutions, including CZ vials, syringes, and cartridges; and self-injection systems, as well as specialized testing services for drug packaging, devices, and administration systems. This segment serves biologic, generic, and pharmaceutical drug companies. Its Contract-Manufactured Products segment is involved in the design, manufacture, and automated assembly of components and devices used in surgical, diagnostic, ophthalmic, injectable, and other drug delivery systems, as well as consumer products. This segment serves pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device companies. The company distributes its products through its sales force and distribution network, as well as contract sales agents and regional distributors. West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania.