Olympic Steel (NASDAQ: ZEUS) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Steel” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Olympic Steel to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Olympic Steel and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Olympic Steel 0.71% 2.82% 1.26%
Olympic Steel Competitors -1,550.91% 3.59% 2.20%

Dividends

Olympic Steel pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Olympic Steel pays out 10.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Steel” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 60.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Olympic Steel and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Olympic Steel $1.21 billion $36.12 million 27.93
Olympic Steel Competitors $7.78 billion $1.01 billion 36.35

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.1% of Olympic Steel shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.1% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.3% of Olympic Steel shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.6% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Olympic Steel and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Olympic Steel 0 2 1 0 2.33
Olympic Steel Competitors 289 835 946 29 2.34

Olympic Steel presently has a consensus price target of $22.33, indicating a potential upside of 6.60%. As a group, “Steel” companies have a potential upside of 5.26%. Given Olympic Steel’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Olympic Steel is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Olympic Steel has a beta of 1.74, indicating that its stock price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Olympic Steel’s competitors have a beta of 1.37, indicating that their average stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Olympic Steel competitors beat Olympic Steel on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Olympic Steel

Olympic Steel, Inc. is a metals service center. The Company provides metals processing and distribution services for a range of customers. The Company operates through three segments: carbon flat products, specialty metals flat products, and tubular and pipe products. The Company’s carbon flat products segment’s focus is on the direct sale and distribution of large volumes of processed carbon and coated flat-rolled sheet, coil and plate products and fabricated parts. The Company’s specialty metals flat products segment’s focus is on the direct sale and distribution of processed aluminum and stainless flat-rolled sheet and coil products, flat bar products and fabricated parts. The Company’s tubular and pipe products segment consists of the Chicago Tube and Iron Company (CTI) business. Through its tubular and pipe products segment, it distributes metals tubing, pipe, bar, valve and fittings, and fabricate pressure parts supplied to various industrial markets.

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