Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) and Coloplast (CLPBY) Head to Head Review

Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE: MSA) and Coloplast (OTCMKTS:CLPBY) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.


Mine Safety Appliances pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Coloplast pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Mine Safety Appliances pays out 36.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Mine Safety Appliances has raised its dividend for 46 consecutive years. Mine Safety Appliances is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mine Safety Appliances and Coloplast’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mine Safety Appliances $1.20 billion 2.92 $26.02 million $3.87 23.55
Coloplast $2.31 billion 8.29 $564.23 million N/A N/A

Coloplast has higher revenue and earnings than Mine Safety Appliances.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Mine Safety Appliances and Coloplast, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mine Safety Appliances 0 1 2 0 2.67
Coloplast 0 0 0 0 N/A

Mine Safety Appliances currently has a consensus target price of $100.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.75%. Given Mine Safety Appliances’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Mine Safety Appliances is more favorable than Coloplast.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.3% of Mine Safety Appliances shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Coloplast shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.9% of Mine Safety Appliances shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Mine Safety Appliances has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Coloplast has a beta of 0.65, indicating that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Mine Safety Appliances and Coloplast’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mine Safety Appliances 3.50% 26.05% 10.08%
Coloplast 24.10% 74.60% 31.46%

About Mine Safety Appliances

MSA Safety Incorporated develops, manufactures, and supplies safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures in the oil, gas, petrochemical, fire service, construction, utilities, and mining industries worldwide. It operates through Americas and International segments. The company's core product offerings include permanently installed fixed gas and flame detection instruments, such as permanently installed gas detection monitoring systems, and flame detectors and open-path infrared gas detectors, as well as replacement components and related services to detect the presence or absence of various gases in the air. Its core product offerings also consist of breathing apparatus products, such as self-contained breathing apparatus, face masks, and respirators; hand-held portable gas detection instruments; industrial head protection products; firefighter helmets and protective apparel; and fall protection equipment comprising confined space equipment, harnesses, fall arrest equipment, lanyards, and lifelines. In addition, the company offers respirators, eye and face protection products, ballistic helmets, and gas masks. It serves distributors, and industrial or military end-users through indirect and direct sales channels. The company was founded in 1914 and is based in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

About Coloplast

Coloplast A/S develops and markets intimate healthcare products and services worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Chronic Care, Urology Care, and Wound & Skin Care. It provides ostomy care products for intestinal dysfunction resulting from disease, accident, and congenital disorder. The company's ostomy care products include colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy bags under the SenSura brand; and SenSura Mio, a colostomy product with elastic adhesive that fits individual body shapes, as well as ostomy accessories under the Brava brand. It also offers urology care products for people suffering from diseases and symptoms of the urinary system, pelvic floor prolapse, and the male reproductive system, such as urinary incontinence, kidney stones, enlarged prostate, and impotence. The company's disposable surgical devices include prostate catheters and stents used for urological and gynecological applications before, during, and after surgery under the Porgès brand; vaginal slings to restore continence; synthetic mesh products to treat weak pelvic floor; and penile implants for men. In addition, it provides continence care products, such as SpeediCath catheters that offer catherisation for both genders; Peristeen, an anal irrigation system for controlled emptying of the bowels; and Conveen Active urine bags. Further, the company offers wound care products, such as foam dressings under the Biatain brand and hydrocolloid dressing under the Comfeel brand, as well as skin care products, such as disinfectant liquids or creams used to protect and treat the skin and to clean wounds. Additionally, it offers Interdry, a textile placed in a skin fold to absorb moisture for treatment and prevention of skin fold problems, such as fungal infections, damaged skin, or odour nuisance. The company supplies its products to hospitals, institutions, wholesalers, and pharmacies; and directly to users. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Humlebæk, Denmark.

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