Synalloy Corporation (NASDAQ: SYNL) and Olympic Steel (NASDAQ:ZEUS) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, dividends and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

Synalloy Corporation has a beta of 0.15, indicating that its stock price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Olympic Steel has a beta of 1.75, indicating that its stock price is 75% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Synalloy Corporation and Olympic Steel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Synalloy Corporation -3.45% -1.56% -0.97%
Olympic Steel 0.65% 2.41% 1.10%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

47.4% of Synalloy Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.7% of Olympic Steel shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.6% of Synalloy Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.3% of Olympic Steel shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Olympic Steel pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Synalloy Corporation does not pay a dividend. Olympic Steel pays out 12.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Synalloy Corporation and Olympic Steel’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Synalloy Corporation $144.46 million 0.68 $3.34 million ($0.58) -19.40
Olympic Steel $1.13 billion 0.18 $35.05 million $0.65 28.89

Olympic Steel has higher revenue and earnings than Synalloy Corporation. Synalloy Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Olympic Steel, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Synalloy Corporation and Olympic Steel, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Synalloy Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Olympic Steel 0 1 2 0 2.67

Olympic Steel has a consensus target price of $22.33, indicating a potential upside of 18.92%. Given Olympic Steel’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Olympic Steel is more favorable than Synalloy Corporation.

Summary

Olympic Steel beats Synalloy Corporation on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Synalloy Corporation Company Profile

Synalloy Corporation is a chemical manufacturing company. The Company operates through two segments: the Metals Segment and the Specialty Chemicals Segment. The Company’s Metals Segment comprises three subsidiaries: Synalloy Metals, Inc., which owns Bristol Metals, LLC (BRISMET), located in Bristol, Tennessee; Palmer of Texas Tanks, Inc. (Palmer), located in Andrews, Texas; and Specialty Pipe & Tube, Inc. (Specialty), located in Mineral Ridge, Ohio and Houston, Texas. The Company’s Metals Segment manufactures stainless steel, other alloy pipe, storage solutions and separation equipment. The Company’s Specialty Chemicals segment consists of the Company’s subsidiary, Manufacturers Soap and Chemical Company (MS&C). The Specialty Chemicals Segment manufactures lubricants, surfactants, reaction intermediaries, sulfated fats and oils, and chemical tolling manufacturing resources.

Olympic Steel Company Profile

Olympic Steel, Inc. is a metals service center. The Company provides metals processing and distribution services for a range of customers. The Company operates through three segments: carbon flat products, specialty metals flat products, and tubular and pipe products. The Company’s carbon flat products segment’s focus is on the direct sale and distribution of large volumes of processed carbon and coated flat-rolled sheet, coil and plate products and fabricated parts. The Company’s specialty metals flat products segment’s focus is on the direct sale and distribution of processed aluminum and stainless flat-rolled sheet and coil products, flat bar products and fabricated parts. The Company’s tubular and pipe products segment consists of the Chicago Tube and Iron Company (CTI) business. Through its tubular and pipe products segment, it distributes metals tubing, pipe, bar, valve and fittings, and fabricate pressure parts supplied to various industrial markets.

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