Reviewing WD-40 (WDFC) and The Competition

WD-40 (NASDAQ: WDFC) is one of 19 public companies in the “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare WD-40 to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and earnings.

Dividends

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WD-40 pays an annual dividend of $2.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. WD-40 pays out 56.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 49.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. WD-40 lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares WD-40 and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WD-40 13.84% 39.23% 14.76%
WD-40 Competitors 7.50% 77.93% 7.58%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares WD-40 and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
WD-40 $380.51 million $52.93 million 33.80
WD-40 Competitors $7.93 billion $546.18 million 8.98

WD-40’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than WD-40. WD-40 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 Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for WD-40 and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WD-40 0 3 0 0 2.00
WD-40 Competitors 98 573 700 33 2.48

WD-40 currently has a consensus price target of $119.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.36%. As a group, “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” companies have a potential upside of 29.94%. Given WD-40’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe WD-40 has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

WD-40 has a beta of 0.57, indicating that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WD-40’s rivals have a beta of 0.90, indicating that their average share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.8% of WD-40 shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.5% of shares of all “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of WD-40 shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of shares of all “CON PRD-MISC STAPLES” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

WD-40 rivals beat WD-40 on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About WD-40

WD-40 Company is a global company engaged in developing and selling products, which solve problems in workshops, factories and homes. The Company’s segments include the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia-Pacific. The Company’s Americas segment includes the United States, Canada and Latin America. The EMEA segment includes countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. The Asia-Pacific segment includes Australia, China and other countries in the Asia region. The Company has two product groups, which include maintenance products and homecare and cleaning products. As of August 31, 2016, the Company marketed and sold its products in more than 176 countries and territories around the world primarily through mass retail and home center stores, warehouse club stores, grocery stores, hardware stores, automotive parts outlets, sport retailers, independent bike dealers, online retailers and industrial distributors and suppliers.

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