Comparing CSW Industrials (CSWI) and A Schulman (NASDAQ:SHLM)

A Schulman (NASDAQ: SHLM) and CSW Industrials (NASDAQ:CSWI) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares A Schulman and CSW Industrials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
A Schulman 1.74% 20.83% 2.39%
CSW Industrials -4.49% 11.16% 7.96%

Volatility & Risk

A Schulman has a beta of 1.33, suggesting that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CSW Industrials has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for A Schulman and CSW Industrials, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
A Schulman 0 3 0 0 2.00
CSW Industrials 0 1 2 0 2.67

A Schulman currently has a consensus price target of $37.00, suggesting a potential downside of 14.25%. CSW Industrials has a consensus price target of $60.00, suggesting a potential upside of 33.33%. Given CSW Industrials’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CSW Industrials is more favorable than A Schulman.

Dividends

A Schulman pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. CSW Industrials does not pay a dividend. A Schulman pays out 46.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares A Schulman and CSW Industrials’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
A Schulman $2.46 billion 0.52 $33.02 million $1.75 24.66
CSW Industrials $327.08 million 2.20 $11.07 million $1.68 26.79

A Schulman has higher revenue and earnings than CSW Industrials. A Schulman is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CSW Industrials, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.9% of A Schulman shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.8% of CSW Industrials shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.1% of A Schulman shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of CSW Industrials shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

A Schulman beats CSW Industrials on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About A Schulman

A. Schulman, Inc. is an international supplier of plastic formulations, resins and services, and provides solutions to its customers’ requirements through custom-formulated products. The Company’s customers span a range of markets, such as packaging, mobility, building and construction, electronics and electrical, agriculture, personal care and hygiene, custom services, and sports, home and leisure. The Company’s segments include Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the United States and Canada (USCAN), Latin America (LATAM), Asia Pacific (APAC) and Engineered Composites (EC). As of August 31, 2016, the Company operated in six product families, including custom performance colors (CPC), engineered composites, Masterbatch solutions, engineered plastics, specialty powders and distribution services. The CPC product family offers powdered, pelletized and liquid color concentrates that are custom-designed for thermoplastic resins.

About CSW Industrials

CSW Industrials, Inc. (CSWI) is a diversified industrial growth company. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial Products; Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives, and Specialty Chemicals. The Industrial Products segment consists of specialty mechanical products; fire and smoke protection products; architecturally specified building products, and storage, filtration and application equipment. The Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives segment comprises coatings and penetrants, pipe thread sealants, firestopping sealants, and caulks and adhesives/solvent cements. The Specialty Chemicals segment manufactures and supplies specialized consumables that impart or enhance properties, such as lubricity, anti-seize qualities, friction and heat control. Markets that it serves include HVAC, industrial, rail, plumbing, architecturally specified building products, energy, mining and other general industrial markets.

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