CSW Industrials (NASDAQ: CSWI) and Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CSW Industrials and Olin Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CSW Industrials $341.00 million 2.25 $58.23 million $0.98 49.34
Olin Corporation $5.93 billion 0.98 $842.90 million $0.25 140.52

Olin Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than CSW Industrials. CSW Industrials is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Olin Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares CSW Industrials and Olin Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CSW Industrials 4.54% 10.53% 7.39%
Olin Corporation 0.72% 5.80% 1.51%

Volatility & Risk

CSW Industrials has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Olin Corporation has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for CSW Industrials and Olin Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CSW Industrials 0 0 1 0 3.00
Olin Corporation 0 2 6 0 2.75

Olin Corporation has a consensus target price of $37.86, indicating a potential upside of 7.76%. Given Olin Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Olin Corporation is more favorable than CSW Industrials.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.4% of CSW Industrials shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.6% of Olin Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of CSW Industrials shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of Olin Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Olin Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. CSW Industrials does not pay a dividend. Olin Corporation pays out 320.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Olin Corporation beats CSW Industrials on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

CSW Industrials Company Profile

CSW Industrials, Inc. (CSWI) is a diversified industrial growth company. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial Products; Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives, and Specialty Chemicals. The Industrial Products segment consists of specialty mechanical products; fire and smoke protection products; architecturally specified building products, and storage, filtration and application equipment. The Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives segment comprises coatings and penetrants, pipe thread sealants, firestopping sealants, and caulks and adhesives/solvent cements. The Specialty Chemicals segment manufactures and supplies specialized consumables that impart or enhance properties, such as lubricity, anti-seize qualities, friction and heat control. Markets that it serves include HVAC, industrial, rail, plumbing, architecturally specified building products, energy, mining and other general industrial markets.

Olin Corporation Company Profile

Olin Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of chemical products, and ammunition. The Company operates through three segments: Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls, Epoxy and Winchester. The Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls segment manufactures and sells chlorine and caustic soda, ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride monomer, methyl chloride, methylene chloride, chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene and vinylidene chloride, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen, bleach products and potassium hydroxide. The Epoxy segment produces and sells a range of epoxy materials, including allyl chloride, epichlorohydrin, liquid epoxy resins and downstream products, such as converted epoxy resins and additives. The Winchester segment produces and sells sporting ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.

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