Reviewing Olympic Steel Inc. (ZEUS)’s and Its Peers results

Olympic Steel Inc. (NASDAQ:ZEUS) is a company in the Steel & Iron industry and that’s how we compare it to its competitors. The contrasting will be based on the dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation, institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Olympic Steel Inc. has 64.8% of its shares held by institutional investors vs. an average of 49.11% institutional ownership for its peers. 14.8% of Olympic Steel Inc. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.74% of all Steel & Iron companies shares are held by company insiders.

Profitability

On first table we have Olympic Steel Inc. and its competitors’ return on assets, net margins and return on equity.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Olympic Steel Inc. 1.58% 9.20% 3.60%
Industry Average 5.61% 23.99% 6.76%

Earnings & Valuation

The following data compares Olympic Steel Inc. and its competitors’ valuation, net income and gross revenue.

Net Income Gross Revenue Price/Earnings Ratio
Olympic Steel Inc. 28.20M 1.79B 6.10
Industry Average 434.55M 7.75B 8.60

Olympic Steel Inc. has lower revenue and P/E Ratio than its peers. With currently lower P/E ratio Olympic Steel Inc. is more affordable than its competitors.

Analyst Recommendations

Table 3 provides breakdown of recent ratings for Olympic Steel Inc. and its competitors.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Olympic Steel Inc. 0 0 0 0.00
Industry Average 2.00 2.33 1.50 2.61

The potential upside of the competitors is 54.63%.

Performance

In this table we provide the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of Olympic Steel Inc. and its competitors.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Olympic Steel Inc. -7.85% -11.01% -24.96% -25.3% -32.27% 5.33%
Industry Average 6.02% 11.80% 14.23% 14.09% 17.14% 13.20%

For the past year Olympic Steel Inc.’s stock price has smaller growth than the average for its competitors.

Liquidity

The Current Ratio and a Quick Ratio of Olympic Steel Inc. are 4.3 and 1.7. Competitively, Olympic Steel Inc.’s peers have 2.83 and 1.39 for Current and Quick Ratio. Olympic Steel Inc. has better ability to pay short and long-term obligations than Olympic Steel Inc.’s competitors.

Volatility & Risk

Olympic Steel Inc. has a beta of 2.06 and its 106.00% more volatile than Standard & Poor’s 500. Competitively, Olympic Steel Inc.’s peers are 51.43% more volatile than Standard & Poor’s 500, because of the 1.51 beta.

Dividends

$0.08 per share with a dividend yield of 0.61% is the annual dividend that Olympic Steel Inc. pays. On the other side, 2.51% is the dividend yield of Olympic Steel Inc.’s competitors.

Summary

Olympic Steel Inc.’s competitors beat on 7 of the 7 factors Olympic Steel Inc.

Olympic Steel, Inc. processes and distributes metal products in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Carbon Flat Products; Specialty Metals Flat Products; and Tubular and Pipe Products. The Carbon Flat Products segment sells and distributes processed carbon and coated flat-rolled sheets, coil and plate products, and fabricated parts. The Specialty Metals Flat Products segment sells and distributes processed aluminum and stainless flat-rolled sheets and coil products, flat bar products, and fabricated parts. The Tubular and Pipe Products segment distributes metal tubing products, pipes, bars, valves and fittings, and fabricated pressure parts. The company also provides various processing services comprising cutting-to-length, slitting, flattening, sawing and shearing, and value-added processing of blanking, tempering, plate burning, laser cutting, precision machining, welding, fabricating, bending, beveling, polishing, kitting, and painting to process metals to specified lengths, widths, and shapes. It serves metal consuming industries, such as manufacturers and fabricators of transportation and material handling lift equipment, construction, mining and farm equipment, storage tanks, environmental and energy generation equipment, automobiles, food service and electrical equipment, and military vehicles and equipment, as well as general and plate fabricators, and metals service centers through direct sales force. Olympic Steel, Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Bedford Heights, Ohio.

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