Head-To-Head Survey: NL Industries (NL) versus The Competition

NL Industries (NYSE: NL) is one of 47 public companies in the “Electrical Components & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare NL Industries to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.


This table compares NL Industries and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NL Industries 57.98% 32.04% 16.44%
NL Industries Competitors -3.49% 5.81% 2.20%

Volatility & Risk

NL Industries has a beta of 2.75, indicating that its stock price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NL Industries’ competitors have a beta of 1.30, indicating that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for NL Industries and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NL Industries 1 0 0 0 1.00
NL Industries Competitors 186 914 1195 6 2.44

NL Industries presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential downside of 38.46%. As a group, “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 5.61%. Given NL Industries’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe NL Industries has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

9.6% of NL Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.9% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of NL Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NL Industries and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
NL Industries $114.69 million $8.15 million 7.12
NL Industries Competitors $1.86 billion $293.26 million -36.68

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


NL Industries competitors beat NL Industries on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

NL Industries Company Profile

NL Industries, Inc. is a holding company. The Company operates in the component products industry through its subsidiary, CompX International Inc. (CompX). The Company operates in the chemicals industry through its non-controlling interest in Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (Kronos). The Company, through Compx, manufactures engineered components that are sold to a range of industries, including recreational transportation (including boats), postal, office and institutional furniture, cabinetry, tool storage, healthcare, gas stations and vending equipment. Kronos is a global producer and marketer of value-added titanium dioxide pigments (TiO2), a base industrial product used in imparting whiteness, brightness and opacity to a range of customer applications and end use markets, including coatings, plastics, paper, inks, food, cosmetics, and other industrial and consumer products. Kronos has production facilities in Europe and North America.

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