DXP Enterprises (NASDAQ: DXPE) and Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.8% of DXP Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.7% of Fastenal shares are held by institutional investors. 9.6% of DXP Enterprises shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Fastenal shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares DXP Enterprises and Fastenal’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DXP Enterprises 1.58% 6.15% 2.41%
Fastenal 12.71% 26.86% 19.02%


Fastenal pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. DXP Enterprises does not pay a dividend. Fastenal pays out 70.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. DXP Enterprises has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for DXP Enterprises and Fastenal, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DXP Enterprises 0 2 2 0 2.50
Fastenal 0 6 9 1 2.69

DXP Enterprises currently has a consensus target price of $41.00, suggesting a potential upside of 60.66%. Fastenal has a consensus target price of $50.47, suggesting a potential upside of 24.06%. Given DXP Enterprises’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe DXP Enterprises is more favorable than Fastenal.

Risk and Volatility

DXP Enterprises has a beta of 2.63, indicating that its stock price is 163% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fastenal has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares DXP Enterprises and Fastenal’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DXP Enterprises $941.54 million 0.47 $59.70 million $0.84 30.38
Fastenal $4.13 billion 2.84 $952.46 million $1.82 22.35

Fastenal has higher revenue and earnings than DXP Enterprises. Fastenal is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DXP Enterprises, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Fastenal beats DXP Enterprises on 12 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

About DXP Enterprises

DXP Enterprises, Inc. (DXP) is engaged in the business of distributing maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, equipment and service to industrial customers. The Company operates through three segments: Service Centers, Supply Chain Services and Innovative Pumping Solutions. The Service Centers segment provides MRO products, equipment and services, including technical expertise and logistics capabilities to industrial customers. The Supply Chain Services segment manages all or part of a customer’s supply chain, including procurement and inventory management. The Innovative Pumping Solutions segment provides source for engineering, systems design and fabrication. It operates from approximately 190 locations in over 40 states in the United States, approximately 10 provinces in Canada, Dubai and one state in Mexico. The Company’s product categories include rotating equipment, bearings & power transmission, industrial supplies, metal working and safety products & services.

About Fastenal

Fastenal Company is engaged in wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies. The Company is engaged in fastener distribution, and non-fastener maintenance and supply business. As of December 31, 2016, it distributed these supplies through a network of approximately 2,500 stores. Its customers are in the manufacturing and non-residential construction markets. The manufacturing market includes both original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO). The non-residential construction market includes general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal and road contractors. Other users of its products include farmers, truckers, railroads, oil exploration, production and refinement companies, mining companies, federal, state, and local governmental entities, schools and certain retail trades. Its original product offerings are fasteners and other industrial and construction supplies, many of which are sold under the Fastenal product name.

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