Financial Contrast: Natuzzi, S.p.A (NTZ) versus Flexsteel Industries (FLXS)

Natuzzi, S.p.A (NYSE:NTZ) and Flexsteel Industries (NASDAQ:FLXS) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Natuzzi, S.p.A and Flexsteel Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Natuzzi, S.p.A 0 0 0 0 N/A
Flexsteel Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Flexsteel Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Natuzzi, S.p.A does not pay a dividend. Flexsteel Industries has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Natuzzi, S.p.A and Flexsteel Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Natuzzi, S.p.A $529.49 million 0.13 -$35.49 million N/A N/A
Flexsteel Industries $489.18 million 0.39 $17.66 million N/A N/A

Flexsteel Industries has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Natuzzi, S.p.A.

Profitability

This table compares Natuzzi, S.p.A and Flexsteel Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Natuzzi, S.p.A -6.54% -27.92% -9.05%
Flexsteel Industries 3.19% 5.86% 4.96%

Volatility and Risk

Natuzzi, S.p.A has a beta of 0.15, indicating that its stock price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Flexsteel Industries has a beta of 1.78, indicating that its stock price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

16.5% of Natuzzi, S.p.A shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of Flexsteel Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of Flexsteel Industries shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Flexsteel Industries beats Natuzzi, S.p.A on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Natuzzi, S.p.A Company Profile

Natuzzi S.p.A. designs, manufactures, and markets leather and fabric upholstered furniture worldwide. The company operates through Natuzzi Brand and Softaly/Private Label segments. Its products primarily include stationary furniture, such as sofas, loveseats, and armchairs; sectional furniture; motion furniture; sofa beds; occasional chairs, including recliners and massage chairs; and furnishings and accessories for the living room and beds, bed linens, and bedroom furnishings. The company sells its products primarily under the Natuzzi Italia, Natuzzi Re-vive, Natuzzi Editions, and Softaly brand names. It also sells its leather-upholstered products through franchised Divani&Divani by Natuzzi, and Natuzzi Italia furniture stores. As of March 31, 2018, the company operated 205 Natuzzi Italia stores, 147 Natuzzi Editions stores, and 79 Divani&Divani by Natuzzi stores. The company was formerly known as Industrie Natuzzi S.p.A. and changed its name to Natuzzi S.p.A. in June 2002. Natuzzi S.p.A. was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Santeramo in Colle, Italy.

Flexsteel Industries Company Profile

Flexsteel Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, imports, and markets residential and contract upholstered and wood furniture products in the United States. It offers its products for use in home, hotel, healthcare, recreational vehicle, marine, and office applications. The company distributes its products through its sales force and independent representatives. Flexsteel Industries, Inc. was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa.

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