Northwest Pipe (NASDAQ: NWPX) is one of 28 public companies in the “Steel” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Northwest Pipe to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.5% of Northwest Pipe shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.1% of shares of all “Steel” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Northwest Pipe shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Steel” companies are owned by 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Northwest Pipe and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Northwest Pipe $138.62 million -$4.17 million 289.50
Northwest Pipe Competitors $7.58 billion $993.35 million 32.68

Northwest Pipe’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Northwest Pipe. Northwest Pipe is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Northwest Pipe and its rivals, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Northwest Pipe 0 1 0 0 2.00
Northwest Pipe Competitors 330 959 1008 35 2.32

Northwest Pipe currently has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential downside of 48.19%. As a group, “Steel” companies have a potential upside of 18.53%. Given Northwest Pipe’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Northwest Pipe has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


This table compares Northwest Pipe and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Northwest Pipe 0.45% -1.90% -1.65%
Northwest Pipe Competitors -1,550.91% 3.59% 2.20%

Risk & Volatility

Northwest Pipe has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Northwest Pipe’s rivals have a beta of 1.37, meaning that their average stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Northwest Pipe rivals beat Northwest Pipe on 10 of the 12 factors compared.

Northwest Pipe Company Profile

Northwest Pipe Company is a manufacturer of engineered steel pipe water systems. The Company operates through two segments. The Water Transmission segment produces steel pipeline systems for use in drinking water infrastructure, and has approximately eight manufacturing facilities, located in Portland, Oregon; Denver, Colorado; Adelanto, California; Parkersburg, West Virginia; Saginaw, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; Salt Lake City, Utah, and Monterrey, Mexico. The Tubular Products segment produces steel line pipe products for energy applications, and has a manufacturing facility located in Atchison, Kansas. The Company, through Water Transmission Group, produces engineered welded steel pipe products for use in water transmission applications. It also manufactures smaller diameter electric resistance welded (ERW) steel pipe through its Tubular Products Group. The Company’s solutions-based products are used in water transmission, plant piping, tunnels and river crossings applications.

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