Analyzing Olympic Steel (NASDAQ:ZEUS) and Mitsubishi (OTCMKTS:MSBHF)

Olympic Steel (NASDAQ:ZEUS) and Mitsubishi (OTCMKTS:MSBHF) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, profitability and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Olympic Steel $1.23 billion 0.21 -$5.59 million ($0.37) -64.41
Mitsubishi $121.55 billion 0.19 $1.62 billion N/A N/A

Mitsubishi has higher revenue and earnings than Olympic Steel.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Olympic Steel and Mitsubishi, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Olympic Steel 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mitsubishi 0 1 1 0 2.50

Volatility & Risk

Olympic Steel has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mitsubishi has a beta of 0.45, suggesting that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Olympic Steel 3.15% 17.31% 7.66%
Mitsubishi 1.68% 3.52% 1.22%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

71.0% of Olympic Steel shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.4% of Olympic Steel shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Olympic Steel beats Mitsubishi on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Olympic Steel Company Profile

Olympic Steel, Inc. engages in the processing, sale, and distribution of metal products. It operates through the following segments: Carbon Flat Products, Specialty Metals Flat Products, and Tubular and Pipe Products. The Carbon Flat Products includes large volumes of processed carbon and coated flat-rolled sheet, coil and plate products, and fabricated parts. The Specialty Metals Flat Products segment comprises of processed aluminium and stainless flat-rolled sheet and coil products, flat bar product, and fabricated parts. The Tubular and Pipe Products segment covers metal tubing, pipe, bar, valves, and fittings and fabricated pressure parts. The company was founded by Sol Siegal and Sam Sigel in 1954 and is headquartered in Bedford Heights, OH.

Mitsubishi Company Profile

Mitsubishi Corporation engages in the natural gas, industrial materials, petroleum and chemicals, mineral resources, industrial infrastructure, automotive and mobility, food industry, consumer industry, power solution, and urban development businesses worldwide. The company's Natural Gas segment engages in the natural gas/oil exploration, production, and development business; and liquified natural gas business. Its Industrial Materials segment invests in, develops, and trades in carbon, steel products, and performance materials for automobile and mobility, construction, and finance industries. The company's Petroleum & Chemicals segment invests in, develops, and trades in crude oil and oil products, LPG, ethylene, methanol, salt, ammonia, plastics, and fertilizers. Its Mineral Resources segment invests in and develops metallurgical coal, copper, iron ore, and aluminum resources. The company's Industrial Infrastructure segment trades in energy infrastructure, industrial plants, machinery tools, agricultural machinery, mining machinery, elevators, escalators, ships, and aerospace related equipment. Its Automotive & Mobility segment produces, finances, and sells passenger and commercial cars; and mobility services. The company's Food Industry segment develops and sells food resources, fresh foods, consumer goods, and food ingredients. Its Consumer Industry segment engages in food retail, apparel, healthcare, and logistics and distribution businesses. The company's Power Solution segment generates, transmits, and retails power; supplies power generating and transmitting products and equipment; develops and sells lithium ion; develops hydrogen; and offers battery services. Its Urban Development segment engages in the urban infrastructure development, operation, and management businesses. Mitsubishi Corporation was incorporated in 1950 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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