Northwest Pipe (NASDAQ: NWPX) is one of 28 public companies in the “Steel” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Northwest Pipe to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Northwest Pipe and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Northwest Pipe 0 1 0 0 2.00
Northwest Pipe Competitors 331 966 1012 35 2.32

Northwest Pipe presently has a consensus target price of $9.00, indicating a potential downside of 49.89%. As a group, “Steel” companies have a potential upside of 16.14%. Given Northwest Pipe’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Northwest Pipe has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Northwest Pipe and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Northwest Pipe 0.45% -1.90% -1.65%
Northwest Pipe Competitors -1,550.91% 3.59% 2.20%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.4% of Northwest Pipe shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.1% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Northwest Pipe shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Northwest Pipe and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Northwest Pipe $138.62 million -$4.17 million 299.33
Northwest Pipe Competitors $7.78 billion $1.01 billion 32.76

Northwest Pipe’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Northwest Pipe. Northwest Pipe is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Northwest Pipe has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Northwest Pipe’s competitors have a beta of 1.37, suggesting that their average stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Northwest Pipe competitors beat Northwest Pipe on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

Northwest Pipe Company Profile

Northwest Pipe Company is a manufacturer of engineered steel pipe water systems. The Company operates through two segments. The Water Transmission segment produces steel pipeline systems for use in drinking water infrastructure, and has approximately eight manufacturing facilities, located in Portland, Oregon; Denver, Colorado; Adelanto, California; Parkersburg, West Virginia; Saginaw, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; Salt Lake City, Utah, and Monterrey, Mexico. The Tubular Products segment produces steel line pipe products for energy applications, and has a manufacturing facility located in Atchison, Kansas. The Company, through Water Transmission Group, produces engineered welded steel pipe products for use in water transmission applications. It also manufactures smaller diameter electric resistance welded (ERW) steel pipe through its Tubular Products Group. The Company’s solutions-based products are used in water transmission, plant piping, tunnels and river crossings applications.

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