Contrasting Malibu Boats (MBUU) and Conrad Industries (CNRD)

Malibu Boats (NASDAQ:MBUU) and Conrad Industries (OTCMKTS:CNRD) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.


This table compares Malibu Boats and Conrad Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Malibu Boats 5.56% 43.60% 15.22%
Conrad Industries 0.89% 0.35% 0.25%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.3% of Malibu Boats shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.6% of Conrad Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Malibu Boats shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 31.5% of Conrad Industries shares 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Malibu Boats and Conrad Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Malibu Boats 0 0 5 1 3.17
Conrad Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Malibu Boats presently has a consensus target price of $56.67, suggesting a potential upside of 34.92%. Given Malibu Boats’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Malibu Boats is more favorable than Conrad Industries.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Malibu Boats and Conrad Industries’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Malibu Boats $497.00 million 1.74 $27.61 million $2.52 16.67
Conrad Industries $189.15 million 0.47 -$2.12 million N/A N/A

Malibu Boats has higher revenue and earnings than Conrad Industries.

Volatility and Risk

Malibu Boats has a beta of 1.45, indicating that its share price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Conrad Industries has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Malibu Boats beats Conrad Industries on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Malibu Boats Company Profile

Malibu Boats, Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes, markets, and sells recreational powerboats. The company offers performance sport boats under the Malibu and Axis brand names; and sterndrives and outboard boats under the Cobalt brand name. Its boats are used for water sports, including water skiing, wakeboarding, and wake surfing, as well as general recreational boating. The company also offers various accessories and aftermarket parts. It operates through a network of independent dealers in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand markets. Malibu Boats, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is based in Loudon, Tennessee.

Conrad Industries Company Profile

Conrad Industries, Inc. engages in the construction, conversion, and repair of various steel and aluminum marine vessels in the United States. The company builds harbor tugs; specialty barges, such as crane, deck, ABS class, dry bulk cargo, aggregate, and well stim barges; inland tank, LPG inland tank, LPG pressure, LPG tank, and DS tank barges; and offshore support vessels, including liftboats, crew boats, offshore supply vessels, and offshore tugs, as well as other support equipment, such as deck and crane barges. It also builds inland pushboats comprising inland towboats, inland river push boats, and towboats; and ferries, which consist of passenger, and passenger and vehicle ferries. In addition, the company offers repairs and conversions, including electrical, mechanical, propulsion, and hull repairs to large-scale conversions of ships and barges; and engages in the fabrication of modular components for offshore floating production, storage, and offloading vessels, as well as drilling rigs. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Morgan City, Louisiana.

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