Head to Head Review: Angang Steel (ANGGY) vs. Northwest Pipe (NWPX)

Angang Steel (OTCMKTS:ANGGY) and Northwest Pipe (NASDAQ:NWPX) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Angang Steel has a beta of 0.82, meaning that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Northwest Pipe has a beta of 1, meaning that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.

Dividends

Angang Steel pays an annual dividend of $0.33 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Northwest Pipe does not pay a dividend. Angang Steel pays out 25.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Angang Steel and Northwest Pipe’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Angang Steel $8.72 billion 0.12 $243.32 million $1.32 29.68
Northwest Pipe $132.78 million 1.35 -$10.16 million ($0.65) -28.35

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.5% of Northwest Pipe shares are held by institutional investors. 2.9% of Northwest Pipe shares are held 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Angang Steel and Northwest Pipe, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Angang Steel 0 0 0 0 N/A
Northwest Pipe 0 0 1 0 3.00

Profitability

This table compares Angang Steel and Northwest Pipe’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Angang Steel N/A N/A N/A
Northwest Pipe -8.68% -4.67% -4.15%

Summary

Angang Steel beats Northwest Pipe on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Angang Steel Company Profile

Angang Steel Company Limited engages in the production, processing, and sale of steel products in the People's Republic of China. Its steel products include hot rolled sheets, cold rolled sheets, galvanized steel sheets, color coating plates, silicon steel, medium and thick plates, wire rods, heavy sections, and seamless steel pipes. The company also engages in ferrous metal smelting activities. In addition, it sells metal materials and products, building materials, etc. The company's products are used in various industries, such as automobile, construction, ship-building, home electrical appliances, railway construction, and pipelines manufacturing. Angang Steel Company Limited also exports its products. The company was formerly known as Angang New Steel Company Limited and changed its name to Angang Steel Company Limited in June 2006. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Anshan, the People's Republic of China. Angang Steel Company Limited is a subsidiary of Ansteel Group.

Northwest Pipe Company Profile

Northwest Pipe Company manufactures engineered steel pipe water systems in North America. It produces large-diameter, high-pressure, and engineered welded steel pipeline systems for use in drinking water infrastructure; and pipes for piling and hydroelectric projects, wastewater treatment plants, and other applications, as well as for industrial plant piping systems and structural applications. The company sells its products primarily to public water agencies directly or through installation contractors. Northwest Pipe Company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

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