Methanex Corporation (NASDAQ: MEOH) and CSW Industrials (NASDAQ:CSWI) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.9% of Methanex Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.9% of CSW Industrials shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Methanex Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of CSW Industrials shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Methanex Corporation has a beta of 1.78, suggesting that its share price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CSW Industrials has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Methanex Corporation and CSW Industrials’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Methanex Corporation $2.58 billion 1.47 $572.88 million $2.51 17.49
CSW Industrials $341.00 million 1.83 $59.13 million $0.98 40.20

Methanex Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than CSW Industrials. Methanex Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CSW Industrials, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Methanex Corporation and CSW Industrials, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Methanex Corporation 1 4 8 0 2.54
CSW Industrials 0 0 1 0 3.00

Methanex Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $58.31, indicating a potential upside of 32.82%. Given Methanex Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Methanex Corporation is more favorable than CSW Industrials.

Profitability

This table compares Methanex Corporation and CSW Industrials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Methanex Corporation 8.92% 12.43% 4.96%
CSW Industrials 4.54% 10.53% 7.39%

Dividends

Methanex Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. CSW Industrials does not pay a dividend. Methanex Corporation pays out 47.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Methanex Corporation beats CSW Industrials on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Methanex Corporation Company Profile

Methanex Corp is a Canada-based producer and supplier of methanol to a range of international markets. The Company operates production sites in Canada, Chile, Egypt, New Zealand, the United States, as well as Trinidad and Tobago. Its global operations are supported by a global supply chain of terminals, storage facilities and a fleet of methanol ocean tankers. The Company’s subsidiary, Waterfront Shipping Company Limited, operates its fleet, which is made up of over 20 vessels ranging from 3,000 to 50,000 deadweight tons of capacity. It has over three production facilities in New Zealand that supply methanol primarily to customers in Asia Pacific. The Company operates over two plants in Trinidad, Titan and Atlas, which supply methanol to markets in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and South America. Its joint venture facility in Egypt supplies methanol to markets in Europe and Asia Pacific. Its plant in Medicine Hat, Alberta, supplies methanol to customers in North America.

CSW Industrials Company Profile

CSW Industrials, Inc. (CSWI) is a diversified industrial growth company. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial Products; Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives, and Specialty Chemicals. The Industrial Products segment consists of specialty mechanical products; fire and smoke protection products; architecturally specified building products, and storage, filtration and application equipment. The Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives segment comprises coatings and penetrants, pipe thread sealants, firestopping sealants, and caulks and adhesives/solvent cements. The Specialty Chemicals segment manufactures and supplies specialized consumables that impart or enhance properties, such as lubricity, anti-seize qualities, friction and heat control. Markets that it serves include HVAC, industrial, rail, plumbing, architecturally specified building products, energy, mining and other general industrial markets.

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