Nanophase Technologies (OTCMKTS:NANX) and Dmc Global (NASDAQ:BOOM) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.2% of Nanophase Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.6% of Dmc Global shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.3% of Nanophase Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of Dmc Global shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Nanophase Technologies and Dmc Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nanophase Technologies -8.69% -44.18% -19.54%
Dmc Global 4.56% 22.24% 12.35%


Dmc Global pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Nanophase Technologies does not pay a dividend. Dmc Global pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nanophase Technologies and Dmc Global’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nanophase Technologies $12.47 million 2.06 -$780,000.00 N/A N/A
Dmc Global $192.80 million 2.68 -$18.85 million $0.16 216.44

Nanophase Technologies has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Dmc Global.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Nanophase Technologies and Dmc Global, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nanophase Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dmc Global 0 0 4 0 3.00

Dmc Global has a consensus target price of $54.00, indicating a potential upside of 55.93%. Given Dmc Global’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Dmc Global is more favorable than Nanophase Technologies.

Volatility & Risk

Nanophase Technologies has a beta of 0.23, indicating that its share price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dmc Global has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Dmc Global beats Nanophase Technologies on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nanophase Technologies

Nanophase Technologies Corporation develops and manufactures advanced materials and applications with an integrated nanomaterial and related technologies. It produces engineered nano and non-nano materials for use in various markets, which comprise personal care consisting of sunscreens as active ingredients and in formulated cosmetics; and architectural coatings, industrial coating applications, abrasion-resistant additives, plastics additives, medical diagnostics, and energy, as well as various surface finishing technology applications, such as optics. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Romeoville, Illinois.

About Dmc Global

DMC Global Inc. engages in technical product and process businesses serving the energy, industrial, and infrastructure markets worldwide. The company operates in two segments, NobelClad and DynaEnergetics. The NobelClad segment produces explosion-welded clad metal plates for use in the construction of heavy, corrosion resistant pressure vessels, and heat exchangers for oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical, alternative energy, hydrometallurgy, aluminum production, shipbuilding, power generation, industrial refrigeration, and other industries. It sells its products through direct sales personnel, program managers, and independent sales representatives. The DynaEnergetics segment designs, manufactures, markets, and sells perforating systems and associated hardware, as well as seismic explosives for the oil and gas industry. It also offers carrier tubes and charge tubes, shaped charges, detonating cords, detonators, control panels, and perforating products to oilfield service companies. This segment sells its products through direct selling, distributors, and independent sales representatives. The company was formerly known as Dynamic Materials Corporation and changed its name to DMC Global Inc. in November 2016. DMC Global Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.

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