Northern Technologies International (NASDAQ: NTIC) is one of 113 publicly-traded companies in the “CHEMICALS” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Northern Technologies International to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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25.3% of Northern Technologies International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.2% of shares of all “CHEMICALS” companies are owned by institutional investors. 19.5% of Northern Technologies International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.5% of shares of all “CHEMICALS” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Northern Technologies International has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Northern Technologies International’s peers have a beta of 0.91, meaning that their average share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Northern Technologies International pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Northern Technologies International pays out 10.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “CHEMICALS” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 35.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Northern Technologies International and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Northern Technologies International 10.16% 8.41% 7.63%
Northern Technologies International Competitors 5.06% 90.16% 4.81%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Northern Technologies International and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Northern Technologies International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Northern Technologies International Competitors 437 2133 3146 104 2.50

As a group, “CHEMICALS” companies have a potential upside of 12.90%. Given Northern Technologies International’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Northern Technologies International has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Northern Technologies International and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Northern Technologies International $39.57 million $3.42 million 23.82
Northern Technologies International Competitors $5.72 billion $429.74 million 12.72

Northern Technologies International’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Northern Technologies International. Northern Technologies International is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

About Northern Technologies International

Northern Technologies International Corporation develops and markets environmentally beneficial products and services. The Company’s primary business is corrosion prevention marketed mainly under ZERUST and EXCOR brands (collectively ZERUST). The Company’s segments include ZERUST and Natur-Tec. The Company is engaged in selling its ZERUST products and services to the automotive, electronics, electrical, mechanical, military and retail consumer markets. The Company’s ZERUST rust and corrosion inhibiting products include plastic and paper packaging, liquids and coatings, rust removers and cleaners, diffusers and engineered solutions designed specifically for the oil and gas industry. The Company also offers onsite technical consulting for rust and corrosion prevention issues across the world. The Company manufactures and sells a range of bio-based and compostable (fully biodegradable) polymer resin compounds and finished products under the Natur-Tec brand.

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