Hawkins (HWKN) vs. Dow Chemical (DWDP) Financial Contrast

Hawkins (NASDAQ: HWKN) and Dow Chemical (NYSE:DWDP) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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58.4% of Hawkins shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.5% of Dow Chemical shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of Hawkins shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Dow Chemical shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Hawkins and Dow Chemical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hawkins 6.53% 7.94% 4.22%
Dow Chemical 2.34% 8.21% 3.92%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Hawkins and Dow Chemical, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hawkins 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dow Chemical 0 4 20 0 2.83

Dow Chemical has a consensus target price of $80.35, suggesting a potential upside of 22.78%. Given Dow Chemical’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Dow Chemical is more favorable than Hawkins.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hawkins and Dow Chemical’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hawkins $483.59 million 0.73 $22.55 million N/A N/A
Dow Chemical $62.48 billion 2.44 $1.46 billion $3.40 19.25

Dow Chemical has higher revenue and earnings than Hawkins.

Volatility and Risk

Hawkins has a beta of 0.67, indicating that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dow Chemical has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Hawkins pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Dow Chemical pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Dow Chemical pays out 44.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Dow Chemical beats Hawkins on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hawkins Company Profile

Hawkins, Inc. blends, manufactures, and distributes chemicals and specialty ingredients primarily in the United States. It operates in three segments: Industrial, Water Treatment, and Health and Nutrition. The Industrial segment provides industrial chemicals, products, and services primarily to the agriculture, chemical processing, electronics, energy, food, pharmaceutical, plating, and power generation industries. This segment primarily offers acids, alkalis, and industrial and food-grade salts. It also receives, stores, and distributes various chemicals in bulk quantities, including liquid caustic soda, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, potassium hydroxide, and aqua ammonia. In addition, this segment manufactures sodium hypochlorite, and agricultural products, as well as certain food-grade products comprising liquid phosphate, lactates, and other blended products; repackages water treatment and bulk industrial chemicals; and performs custom blending of certain chemicals, and contract and private label bleach packaging. The Water Treatment segment provides chemicals, equipment, and solutions for potable water, municipal and industrial wastewater, industrial process water, and non-residential swimming pool water. The Health and Nutrition segment provides ingredient distribution, processing, and formulation solutions to manufacturers of nutraceutical, functional food and beverage, personal care, dietary supplement, and other nutritional food and health and wellness products. Its products portfolio includes minerals, botanicals and herbs, vitamins and amino acids, excipients, joint products, sweeteners, and enzymes. Hawkins, Inc. was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Roseville, Minnesota.

Dow Chemical Company Profile

DowDuPont Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in agriculture, materials science, and specialty products businesses worldwide. The company's Agriculture segment develops and sells hybrid corn seed and soybean seed varieties; canola, cotton, sunflower, sorghum, wheat, and rice seeds; silage inoculants; and weed control, disease control, and insect control products. Its Performance Materials & Coatings segment manufactures and sells architectural paints and coatings, and industrial coatings; performance monomers and silicones; and standalone silicone and acrylic-based materials. The company's Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure segment offers cellulose ethers, redispersible latex powders, silicones, and acrylic emulsions; energy solutions; propylene oxide and propylene glycol, polyether polyols and aromatic isocyanates, and formulated polyurethane systems; and caustic soda, and ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride monomer products. Its Packaging & Specialty Plastics segment provides ethylene, and propylene and aromatic products; and polyolefin elastomers and ethylene propylene diene monomer elastomers. The company's Electronics & Imaging segment offers materials and systems for mobile devices, television monitors, personal computers, and electronics. Its Nutrition & Biosciences segment provides specialty food ingredients, as well as cellulosic- and alginates-based pharma excipients; and enzymes, biomaterials, biocides, and antimicrobial solutions and process technology. The company's Transportation & Advanced Polymers segment offers engineering resins, adhesives, lubricants, and parts for transportation, electronics, medical, industrial, and consumer end-markets. Its Safety & Construction segment provides engineered products and integrated systems for construction, worker safety, energy, oil and gas, transportation, medical device, and water purification and separation industries. The company was founded in 1897 and is headquartered in Midland, Michigan.

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