Northwest Pipe (NASDAQ:NWPX) and Angang Steel (OTCMKTS:ANGGY) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Northwest Pipe and Angang Steel, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Northwest Pipe 0 0 1 0 3.00
Angang Steel 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.5% of Northwest Pipe shares are held by institutional investors. 2.9% of Northwest Pipe shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Northwest Pipe and Angang Steel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Northwest Pipe -8.68% -4.67% -4.15%
Angang Steel N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Northwest Pipe and Angang Steel’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Northwest Pipe $132.78 million 1.71 -$10.16 million ($0.65) -35.88
Angang Steel N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Angang Steel has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Northwest Pipe.

Dividends

Angang Steel pays an annual dividend of $0.33 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Northwest Pipe does not pay a dividend.

About Northwest Pipe

Northwest Pipe Company manufactures engineered steel pipe water systems in North America. It produces large-diameter, high-pressure, and engineered welded steel pipeline systems for use in drinking water infrastructure; and pipes for piling and hydroelectric projects, wastewater treatment plants, and other applications, as well as for industrial plant piping systems and structural applications. The company sells its products primarily to public water agencies directly or through installation contractors. Northwest Pipe Company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

About Angang Steel

Angang Steel Company Limited engages in the production, processing, and sale of steel products in the People's Republic of China. Its steel products include hot rolled sheets, cold rolled sheets, galvanized steel sheets, color coating plates, silicon steel, medium and thick plates, wire rods, heavy sections, and seamless steel pipes. The company also engages in ferrous metal smelting activities. In addition, it sells metal materials and products, building materials, etc. The company's products are used in various industries, such as automobile, construction, ship-building, home electrical appliances, railway construction, and pipelines manufacturing. Angang Steel Company Limited also exports its products. The company was formerly known as Angang New Steel Company Limited and changed its name to Angang Steel Company Limited in June 2006. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Anshan, the People's Republic of China. Angang Steel Company Limited is a subsidiary of Ansteel Group.

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