CSW Industrials (NASDAQ:CSWI) and ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S (OTCMKTS:AXXIY) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.1% of CSW Industrials shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of CSW Industrials shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CSW Industrials and ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CSW Industrials $326.22 million 2.38 -$11.88 million $2.14 23.71
ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S $11.91 million 2.02 -$3.96 million N/A N/A

ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S has lower revenue, but higher earnings than CSW Industrials.

Risk and Volatility

CSW Industrials has a beta of 1.47, suggesting that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares CSW Industrials and ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CSW Industrials -0.26% 14.21% 11.02%
ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for CSW Industrials and ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CSW Industrials 0 1 1 0 2.50
ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S 0 0 0 0 N/A

CSW Industrials currently has a consensus target price of $65.00, suggesting a potential upside of 28.08%. Given CSW Industrials’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe CSW Industrials is more favorable than ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S.

Summary

CSW Industrials beats ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CSW Industrials

CSW Industrials, Inc. operates as a diversified industrial company in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Industrial Products and Specialty Chemicals. The Industrial Products segment offers specialty mechanical products; fire and smoke protection products; architecturally-specified building products; and storage, filtration, and application equipment for use with specialty chemicals and other products. The Specialty Chemicals segment offers pipe thread sealants, fire stopping sealants and caulks, adhesives/solvent cements, lubricants and greases, drilling compounds, anti-seize compounds, chemical formulations, and degreasers and cleaners. The company serves heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; and plumbing, refrigeration, electrical, commercial construction, rail car and locomotive, oil and gas, energy, drilling and boring, water well drilling, mining, steel, power generation, cement, aviation, and general industrial markets. CSW Industrials, Inc. sells its products primarily under the RectorSeal No. 5, Kopr Kote, KATS Coatings, Jet-Lube Extreme, Smoke Guard, Safe-T-Switch, Mighty Bracket, Balco, Whitmore, Air Sentry, Oil Safe, Deacon, AC Leak Freeze, and Greco Aluminum Railings brands. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

About ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S

Alexium International Group Limited develops and sells specialty chemicals and solutions in Australia and the United States. The company offers flame retardant (FR) solutions, including Alexiflam FR for use in synthetic and synthetic-blend fabrics; Alexiflam SYN that is used in the textile and resin markets; Alexiflam NF for use in cotton and cotton-blends; Alexicool, a chemical finish for the use in fabrics that absorb heat while providing a cool-to-the-touch feel; Alexiflam PB, a halogenated flame retardant that provides FR with an environmentally friendly, non-toxic product; and Alexiflam AD, a combination of synergistic flame-retardants, which is used for the treatment of a range of fabric blends and constructions. Its products are used in defense applications; and consumer applications, such as automotive and transportation, outdoor fabrics, bedding and decorative fabrics, and plastics/resins/coatings and polymers. The company is based in Perth, Australia.

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