Fuling Global (NASDAQ:FORK) and Forward Industries (NASDAQ:FORD) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.5% of Fuling Global shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.4% of Forward Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 22.4% of Forward Industries shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Fuling Global and Forward Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fuling Global 0 0 0 0 N/A
Forward Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Fuling Global and Forward Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fuling Global N/A N/A N/A
Forward Industries 4.31% 8.48% 5.19%

Volatility and Risk

Fuling Global has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Forward Industries has a beta of -0.11, indicating that its stock price is 111% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fuling Global and Forward Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fuling Global $127.25 million 0.44 $6.27 million N/A N/A
Forward Industries $24.76 million 0.59 $570,000.00 N/A N/A

Fuling Global has higher revenue and earnings than Forward Industries.

Summary

Forward Industries beats Fuling Global on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fuling Global

Fuling Global Inc. produces and distributes plastic service ware in the People's Republic of China. The company offers disposable cutlery, including forks, knives, spoons, and utensils; drinking straws; cups and plates; and other plastics products. Fuling Global Inc. sells its products directly, as well as through distributors to dealers, QSRs, manufacturers, and retailers. The company also exports its products to the United States and Europe. Fuling Global Inc. was founded in 2015 and is based in Wenling, the People's Republic of China.

About Forward Industries

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.

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