CSW Industrials (CSWI) vs. HB Fuller (FUL) Head to Head Review

CSW Industrials (NASDAQ: CSWI) and HB Fuller (NYSE:FUL) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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68.8% of CSW Industrials shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.8% of HB Fuller shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of CSW Industrials shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of HB Fuller shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares CSW Industrials and HB Fuller’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CSW Industrials -4.49% 11.16% 7.96%
HB Fuller 3.62% 11.97% 4.15%

Dividends

HB Fuller pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. CSW Industrials does not pay a dividend. HB Fuller pays out 24.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. HB Fuller has raised its dividend for 48 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

CSW Industrials has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HB Fuller has a beta of 1.55, meaning that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CSW Industrials and HB Fuller’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CSW Industrials $327.08 million 2.20 $11.07 million $1.68 26.79
HB Fuller $2.31 billion 1.09 $58.24 million $2.50 19.98

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for CSW Industrials and HB Fuller, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CSW Industrials 0 1 2 0 2.67
HB Fuller 0 3 4 0 2.57

CSW Industrials currently has a consensus price target of $60.00, suggesting a potential upside of 33.33%. HB Fuller has a consensus price target of $60.40, suggesting a potential upside of 20.90%. Given CSW Industrials’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe CSW Industrials is more favorable than HB Fuller.

Summary

HB Fuller beats CSW Industrials on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

CSW Industrials Company Profile

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.

HB Fuller Company Profile

H.B. Fuller Company, together with its subsidiaries, formulates, manufactures, and markets adhesives, sealants, and other specialty chemical products worldwide. The company operates through six segments: Americas Adhesives; EIMEA (Europe, India, Middle East and Africa); Asia Pacific; Construction Products; Engineering Adhesives; and Royal Adhesives. It offers a range of specialty adhesives, such as thermoplastic, thermoset, reactive, water-based, and solvent-based products, as well as sealants, coatings, polymers, tapes, encapsulants, and additives for use in a range of commercial, industrial, and institutional applications; and caulks and sealants for the consumer market and professional trade. The company also provides industrial adhesives products for applications in various markets, including assembly, packaging, converting, nonwoven and hygiene, performance wood, flooring, textile, flexible packaging, graphic arts, envelope, transportation, electronics, medical, clean energy, appliance, heavy machinery, audio equipment, automotive, and structural markets. In addition, it offers adhesives, grouts, mortars, sealers, and levelers for tile setting; and duct sealants, weather barriers and fungicidal coatings, and block fillers for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and insulation applications. It serves manufacturers of food and beverages, hygiene products, clothing, appliances, electronics, automobiles, aerospace and defense, solar energy systems, filters, construction materials, wood flooring, furniture, cabinetry, windows, doors, tissue and towel, corrugation, tube winding, packaging, labels, and tapes. The company sells its products through direct sales force, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers. H.B. Fuller Company was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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