Reviewing NIPPON STL & SU/S (NSSMY) & Insteel Industries (IIIN)

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NIPPON STL & SU/S (OTCMKTS:NSSMY) and Insteel Industries (NASDAQ:IIIN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NIPPON STL & SU/S and Insteel Industries’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NIPPON STL & SU/S $51.19 billion 0.32 $1.76 billion N/A N/A
Insteel Industries $453.22 million 1.08 $36.26 million N/A N/A

NIPPON STL & SU/S has higher revenue and earnings than Insteel Industries.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of NIPPON STL & SU/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.1% of Insteel Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Insteel Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares NIPPON STL & SU/S and Insteel Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NIPPON STL & SU/S 4.08% 6.69% 3.09%
Insteel Industries 8.00% 14.20% 10.87%

Dividends

NIPPON STL & SU/S pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Insteel Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%.

Risk & Volatility

NIPPON STL & SU/S has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Insteel Industries has a beta of 2.39, indicating that its stock price is 139% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for NIPPON STL & SU/S and Insteel Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NIPPON STL & SU/S 0 0 0 0 N/A
Insteel Industries 0 1 0 0 2.00

Insteel Industries has a consensus price target of $34.00, indicating a potential upside of 33.02%. Given Insteel Industries’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Insteel Industries is more favorable than NIPPON STL & SU/S.

Summary

Insteel Industries beats NIPPON STL & SU/S on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

NIPPON STL & SU/S Company Profile

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation engages in steelmaking and steel fabrication businesses worldwide. It operates in five segments: Steelmaking and Steel Fabrication, Engineering and Construction, Chemicals, New materials, and System Solutions. The company offers steel plates; hot- and cold-rolled steel sheets and coils, coated steel sheets, color coated steel sheets, electrolytic tin plates, and electrical steel sheets; bar and rod materials; and structural steel products. It also provides pipes and tubes; and railway, automotive, and construction and industrial machinery parts, such as railway wheels, driving mechanisms, axles, couplers, bogie trucks, brake disks, control bogies, brake calipers, test equipment, crankshafts and front axles, aluminum wheels, permanent magnet retarders, die materials, mill rolls, circular forgings, forged products for power generation, and shape-memory alloys. In addition, the company offers titanium products for use in automobiles, architecture, civil engineering and ocean development, aircraft, sports gears and consumer products, welded tubes, PHE, and chemical and electrolytic fields; stainless steel sheets, shapes, plates, and wire rods, as well as strips, clad steel sheets, nickel and nickel alloy products, and crystal series products; and steel slags. Further, it manufactures and markets industrial machinery and equipment; performs construction work under contract; and engages in waste processing and recycling activities, as well as in supplying electricity, gas, and heat. Additionally, the company offers coal-based chemical products and petrochemicals, as well as electronic materials; and materials for semiconductors and electronic parts, carbon fiber and composite products, and products that apply technologies for metal processing. It also provides computer systems engineering and consulting services; and IT-enabled outsourcing and other services. The company was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

Insteel Industries Company Profile

Insteel Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. The company offers pre-stressed concrete strand (PC strand) and welded wire reinforcement (WWR) products. Its PC strand is a seven-wire strand that is used to impart compression forces into precast concrete elements and structures providing reinforcement for bridges, parking decks, buildings, and other concrete structures. The company's WWR engineered reinforcing product is used in nonresidential and residential construction. It produces a range of WWR products, such as engineered structural mesh, an engineered made-to-order product that is used as the primary reinforcement for concrete elements or structures serving as a reinforcing solution for hot-rolled rebar; concrete pipe reinforcement, an engineered made-to-order product that is used as the primary reinforcement in concrete pipe, box culverts, and precast manholes for drainage and sewage systems, water treatment facilities, and other related applications; and standard welded wire reinforcement, a secondary reinforcing product for crack control applications in residential and light nonresidential construction, including driveways, sidewalks, and various slab-on-grade applications. The company sells its products through sales representatives to the manufacturers of concrete products, distributors, rebar fabricators, and contractors primarily in the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America. Insteel Industries, Inc. was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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