TechPrecision (OTCMKTS:TPCS) and Harsco (NYSE:HSC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares TechPrecision and Harsco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TechPrecision -4.45% -8.42% -4.52%
Harsco 3.32% 37.43% 6.00%

Volatility & Risk

TechPrecision has a beta of -2.57, indicating that its stock price is 357% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Harsco has a beta of 2.55, indicating that its stock price is 155% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for TechPrecision and Harsco, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TechPrecision 0 0 0 0 N/A
Harsco 0 0 5 0 3.00

Harsco has a consensus target price of $30.25, suggesting a potential upside of 26.99%. Given Harsco’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Harsco is more favorable than TechPrecision.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.4% of TechPrecision shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.2% of Harsco shares are owned by institutional investors. 21.4% of TechPrecision shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Harsco shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TechPrecision and Harsco’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TechPrecision $18.73 million 1.51 -$260,000.00 N/A N/A
Harsco $1.61 billion 1.19 $7.82 million $0.74 32.19

Harsco has higher revenue and earnings than TechPrecision.

Summary

Harsco beats TechPrecision on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

TechPrecision Company Profile

TechPrecision Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells precision, large-scale fabricated, and machined metal components and systems in the United States and the People's Republic of China. It offers custom components for ships and submarines, aerospace equipment, nuclear power plants, and large scale medical systems. The company also provides manufacturing engineering services to assist customers. It serves customers in defense, aerospace, nuclear, energy, medical, and precision industrial markets. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Westminster, Massachusetts.

Harsco Company Profile

Harsco Corporation provides industrial services and engineered products worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Harsco Metals & Minerals, Harsco Industrial, and Harsco Rail. The Harsco Metals & Minerals segment provides on-site services of material logistics, product quality improvement, and resource recovery for iron, steel, and metals manufacturing; and value added environmental solutions for industrial co-products, as well as produces industrial abrasives and roofing granules. The Harsco Industrial segment manufactures and supplies custom-engineered and manufactured air-cooled heat exchangers for the natural gas, natural gas processing, and petrochemical industries; industrial grating products, such as metal bar grating configurations for industrial flooring, and safety and security applications in the energy, paper, chemical, refining, and processing industries. It also offers heat transfer products, such as boilers and water heaters for commercial and institutional applications; and high-security fencing products. The Harsco Rail segment designs and manufactures safety systems for transportation and industrial applications; and equipment, after-market parts, and services for the maintenance, repair, and construction of railway track. It serves private and government-owned railroads, and urban mass transit systems. Harsco Corporation was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

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