Head to Head Review: Webco Industries (WEBC) versus Northwest Pipe (NWPX)

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Webco Industries (OTCMKTS:WEBC) and Northwest Pipe (NASDAQ:NWPX) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

Webco Industries has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Northwest Pipe has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Webco Industries and Northwest Pipe’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Webco Industries 4.66% N/A N/A
Northwest Pipe -8.68% -4.67% -4.15%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Webco Industries and Northwest Pipe’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Webco Industries $500.40 million 0.20 $23.32 million N/A N/A
Northwest Pipe $132.78 million 1.71 -$10.16 million ($0.65) -35.88

Webco Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Northwest Pipe.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Webco Industries and Northwest Pipe, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Webco Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Northwest Pipe 0 0 1 0 3.00

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Webco Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.5% of Northwest Pipe shares are owned by institutional investors. 54.4% of Webco Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of Northwest Pipe shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Webco Industries beats Northwest Pipe on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Webco Industries Company Profile

Webco Industries, Inc. manufactures and distributes carbon steel, stainless steel, and other metal tubular products. The company offers cold drawn welded and seamless tubing products for use in air cooler and heater, boiler tube, coiled tubing, steam surface condenser, feed water heater, heat exchanger, instrumentation tubing, mechanical tube, welded pipe, pressure tubing, and specialty stainless tubing, as well as original equipment manufacturer applications. It serves power-gen tubing, oil and gas tubular, process tubing, and automotive/industrial tubular industries. Webco Industries, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Northwest Pipe Company Profile

Northwest Pipe Company manufactures engineered steel pipe water systems in North America. It produces large-diameter, high-pressure, and engineered welded steel pipeline systems for use in drinking water infrastructure; and pipes for piling and hydroelectric projects, wastewater treatment plants, and other applications, as well as for industrial plant piping systems and structural applications. The company sells its products primarily to public water agencies directly or through installation contractors. Northwest Pipe Company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

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