DXP Enterprises (NASDAQ: DXPE) and MRC Global (NYSE:MRC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for DXP Enterprises and MRC Global, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DXP Enterprises 0 2 2 0 2.50
MRC Global 0 2 4 0 2.67

DXP Enterprises presently has a consensus target price of $41.00, suggesting a potential upside of 52.59%. MRC Global has a consensus target price of $21.29, suggesting a potential upside of 35.49%. Given DXP Enterprises’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe DXP Enterprises is more favorable than MRC Global.

Risk and Volatility

DXP Enterprises has a beta of 2.63, suggesting that its stock price is 163% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MRC Global has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares DXP Enterprises and MRC Global’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%
MRC Global -1.40% 0.39% 0.13%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.8% of DXP Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.5% of MRC Global shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.6% of DXP Enterprises shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.3% of MRC Global shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares DXP Enterprises and MRC Global’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DXP Enterprises $941.54 million 0.50 $59.70 million $0.84 31.99
MRC Global $3.30 billion 0.45 $69.00 million ($0.73) -21.52

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


DXP Enterprises beats MRC Global on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

DXP Enterprises Company Profile

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.

MRC Global Company Profile

MRC Global Inc. is an industrial distributor of pipe, valves and fittings and related products and services to the energy industry. The Company’s segments include the U.S., Canada and International. Its U.S. segment includes the United States Eastern Region and Gulf Coast, and the United States Western Region. It provides services, such as product testing, manufacturer assessments, daily deliveries, volume purchasing, inventory and zone store management and warehousing, technical support, training, just-in-time delivery, truck stocking, order consolidation, product tagging and system interfaces customized to customer and supplier specifications for tracking and replenishing inventory, engineering of control packages, and valve inspection and repair. The Company’s principal product types include valves, automation, measurement and instrumentation; carbon steel fittings and flanges; stainless steel and alloy fittings, flanges and pipe; gas products; line pipe, and other.

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