Head to Head Review: NACCO Industries (NC) vs. Whirlpool (WHR)

NACCO Industries (NYSE: NC) and Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) are both consumer discretionary 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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47.0% of NACCO Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.3% of Whirlpool shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.6% of NACCO Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.8% of Whirlpool 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 NACCO Industries and Whirlpool’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NACCO Industries 7.62% 9.15% 4.00%
Whirlpool 1.65% 18.36% 5.08%

Dividends

NACCO Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. Whirlpool pays an annual dividend of $4.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Whirlpool pays out 32.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Whirlpool has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

NACCO Industries has a beta of 0.66, meaning that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Whirlpool has a beta of 1.84, meaning that its share price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NACCO Industries and Whirlpool’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NACCO Industries $104.78 million 2.37 $30.33 million N/A N/A
Whirlpool $21.25 billion 0.49 $350.00 million $13.74 10.81

Whirlpool has higher revenue and earnings than NACCO Industries.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for NACCO Industries and Whirlpool, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NACCO Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Whirlpool 1 5 1 0 2.00

Whirlpool has a consensus price target of $189.40, suggesting a potential upside of 27.52%. Given Whirlpool’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Whirlpool is more favorable than NACCO Industries.

Summary

Whirlpool beats NACCO Industries on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NACCO Industries

NACCO Industries, Inc. operates primarily in the mining industry. The company mines coal in North Dakota, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico for power generation. It provides value-added services, including maintaining and operating draglines for independently owned lime rock quarries; coal handling, processing, and drying services; and surface and mineral acquisition, and lease maintenance services. The company serves electric utilities, independent power providers, activated carbon producers, and synfuels plants. NACCO Industries, Inc. was founded in 1913 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

About Whirlpool

Whirlpool Corporation manufactures and markets home appliances and related products. It operates through four segments: North America; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Latin America; and Asia. The company's principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other small domestic appliances. It also produces hermetic compressors for refrigeration systems. The company markets and distributes its products primarily under the Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit, and Hotpoint. Whirlpool Corporation sells its products to retailers, distributors, dealers, builders, and other manufacturers. The company was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

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