HB Fuller (NYSE:FUL) and ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S (OTCMKTS:AXXIY) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

HB Fuller has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HB Fuller 4.14% 13.41% 3.42%
ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

HB Fuller pays an annual dividend of $0.62 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S does not pay a dividend. HB Fuller pays out 24.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. HB Fuller has raised its dividend for 48 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares HB Fuller and ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HB Fuller $2.31 billion 0.92 $58.24 million $2.50 16.67
ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S $11.91 million 2.02 -$3.96 million N/A N/A

HB Fuller has higher revenue and earnings than ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for HB Fuller and ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HB Fuller 0 2 5 0 2.71
ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S 0 0 0 0 N/A

HB Fuller currently has a consensus price target of $60.43, indicating a potential upside of 44.98%. Given HB Fuller’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe HB Fuller is more favorable than ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.4% of HB Fuller shares are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of HB Fuller shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

HB Fuller beats ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

HB Fuller Company Profile

H.B. Fuller Company, together with its subsidiaries, formulates, manufactures, and markets adhesives, sealants, and other specialty chemical products worldwide. The company operates through six segments: Americas Adhesives; EIMEA (Europe, India, Middle East and Africa); Asia Pacific; Construction Products; Engineering Adhesives; and Royal Adhesives. It offers a range of specialty adhesives, such as thermoplastic, thermoset, reactive, water-based, and solvent-based products, as well as sealants, coatings, polymers, tapes, encapsulants, and additives for use in a range of commercial, industrial, and institutional applications; and caulks and sealants for the consumer market and professional trade. The company also provides industrial adhesives products for applications in various markets, including assembly, packaging, converting, nonwoven and hygiene, performance wood, flooring, textile, flexible packaging, graphic arts, envelope, transportation, electronics, medical, clean energy, appliance, heavy machinery, audio equipment, automotive, and structural markets. In addition, it offers adhesives, grouts, mortars, sealers, and levelers for tile setting; and duct sealants, weather barriers and fungicidal coatings, and block fillers for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and insulation applications. It serves manufacturers of food and beverages, hygiene products, clothing, appliances, electronics, automobiles, aerospace and defense, solar energy systems, filters, construction materials, wood flooring, furniture, cabinetry, windows, doors, tissue and towel, corrugation, tube winding, packaging, labels, and tapes. The company sells its products through direct sales force, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers. H.B. Fuller Company was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

ALEXIUM Intl Gr/S Company Profile

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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