Analyzing Fastenal (FAST) and Its Rivals

Fastenal (NASDAQ: FAST) is one of 191 public companies in the “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Fastenal to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Dividends

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Fastenal pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Fastenal pays out 73.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Fastenal has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Fastenal and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Fastenal $4.39 billion $578.60 million 26.79
Fastenal Competitors $8.90 billion $395.71 million -627.05

Fastenal’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Fastenal. Fastenal is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Fastenal and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fastenal 1 5 7 1 2.57
Fastenal Competitors 2107 11426 15200 588 2.49

Fastenal currently has a consensus price target of $53.36, suggesting a potential downside of 0.92%. As a group, “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” companies have a potential upside of 7.98%. Given Fastenal’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Fastenal has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.9% of Fastenal shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.7% of shares of all “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Fastenal shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.9% of shares of all “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Fastenal and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fastenal 13.18% 27.39% 19.36%
Fastenal Competitors -0.23% -208.03% 3.81%

Risk & Volatility

Fastenal has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fastenal’s rivals have a beta of 1.17, suggesting that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Fastenal beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Fastenal Company Profile

Fastenal Company is engaged in wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies. The Company is engaged in fastener distribution, and non-fastener maintenance and supply business. As of December 31, 2016, it distributed these supplies through a network of approximately 2,500 stores. Its customers are in the manufacturing and non-residential construction markets. The manufacturing market includes both original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO). The non-residential construction market includes general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal and road contractors. Other users of its products include farmers, truckers, railroads, oil exploration, production and refinement companies, mining companies, federal, state, and local governmental entities, schools and certain retail trades. Its original product offerings are fasteners and other industrial and construction supplies, many of which are sold under the Fastenal product name.

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