Head to Head Contrast: Forward Industries (FORD) vs. Armstrong World Industries (AWI)

Forward Industries (NASDAQ:FORD) and Armstrong World Industries (NYSE:AWI) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

17.4% of Forward Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.4% of Forward Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Armstrong World Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Forward Industries and Armstrong World Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Forward Industries 4.31% 8.48% 5.19%
Armstrong World Industries 19.46% 45.95% 9.51%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Forward Industries and Armstrong World Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Forward Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Armstrong World Industries 1 4 3 0 2.25

Armstrong World Industries has a consensus target price of $68.71, suggesting a potential downside of 0.41%. Given Armstrong World Industries’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Armstrong World Industries is more favorable than Forward Industries.

Volatility & Risk

Forward Industries has a beta of -0.11, suggesting that its stock price is 111% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Armstrong World Industries has a beta of 1.75, suggesting that its stock price is 75% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Forward Industries and Armstrong World Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Forward Industries $24.76 million 0.57 $570,000.00 N/A N/A
Armstrong World Industries $893.60 million 3.83 $154.80 million $3.02 22.85

Armstrong World Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Forward Industries.

Summary

Armstrong World Industries beats Forward Industries on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Forward Industries Company Profile

Forward Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, markets, and distributes carry and protective solutions primarily for hand held electronic devices. It provides carrying cases and other accessories for medical monitoring and diagnostic kits; and other portable electronic and non-electronic products, such as sporting and recreational products, bar code scanners, smartphones, GPS location devices, tablets, firearms, and other products. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Forward Industries, Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Armstrong World Industries Company Profile

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells ceiling systems primarily for use in the construction and renovation of residential and commercial buildings worldwide. It principally offers mineral fiber, fiberglass wool, and metal ceiling systems. The company produces suspended mineral fiber and soft fiber ceiling systems; suspension system (grid) and ceiling component products; and acoustical ceiling, wall, and structural solutions. It sells its commercial ceiling materials and accessories to resale distributors and ceiling system contractors; residential ceiling products to wholesalers and retailers, such as large home centers; and architectural specialties products to resale distributors and ceiling systems contractors. The company was incorporated in 1891 and is headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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