Critical Analysis: Russel Metals (RUSMF) & Titan Machinery (TITN)

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Russel Metals (OTCMKTS:RUSMF) and Titan Machinery (NASDAQ:TITN) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Russel Metals and Titan Machinery, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Russel Metals 0 0 1 0 3.00
Titan Machinery 0 1 0 0 2.00

Profitability

This table compares Russel Metals and Titan Machinery’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Russel Metals N/A N/A N/A
Titan Machinery 0.96% 4.46% 1.80%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

77.4% of Titan Machinery shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.5% of Titan Machinery shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Russel Metals and Titan Machinery’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Russel Metals N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Titan Machinery $1.26 billion 0.29 $12.18 million $0.67 24.90

Titan Machinery has higher revenue and earnings than Russel Metals.

Summary

Titan Machinery beats Russel Metals on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Russel Metals Company Profile

Russel Metals Inc. distributes steel and metal products in North America. The company operates through three segments: Metal Service Centers, Energy Products, and Steel Distributors. The Metal Service Center segment sells plates, flat rolled carbon and general line steel products, stainless steel, aluminum, and other non-ferrous specialty metal products. It also offers services, such as shearing, slitting, and cutting to length; laser, oxy-feel, and plasma cutting; stretcher and traditional leveling; beam drilling, notching, coping, and tee-splitting; tube laser processing and saw cutting; edge trimming; and cambering. This segment serves customers in industries, such as machinery and equipment manufacturing, construction, ship building, and natural resources. The Energy Products segment distributes oil country tubular goods, line pipes, tubes, flanges, valves, and fittings primarily to energy industry. The Steel Distributors segment operates as a steel distributor for steel service centers and equipment manufactures. Russel Metals Inc. was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada.

Titan Machinery Company Profile

Titan Machinery Inc. owns and operates a network of full-service agricultural and construction equipment stores. It operates through three segments: Agriculture, Construction, and International. The company sells new and used equipment, including agricultural and construction equipment manufactured under the CNH family of brands, as well as equipment from various other manufacturers. Its agricultural equipment comprise tractors, combines and attachments, application equipment and sprayers, planting and seeding equipment, tillage equipment, hay and forage equipment, and precision farming technology and related equipment for use in the production of food, fiber, feed grain, and renewable energy; and home and garden applications, as well as maintenance of commercial, residential, and government properties. The company's construction equipment include compact track loaders, compaction equipment, cranes, crawler dozers, excavators, forklifts, loader/backhoes, loader/tool carriers, motor graders, skid steer loaders, telehandlers, and wheel loaders for commercial and residential construction, road and highway construction machinery, and mining operations equipment. It also sells maintenance and replacement parts. In addition, the company offers repair and maintenance services that include warranty repairs, on-site and off-site repair services, and scheduling off-season maintenance services, as well as notifies customers of periodic service requirements; provides training programs to customers; and sells extended warranty services. Further, it rents equipment; and provides ancillary equipment support services. The company operates in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico, the United States; and Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Ukraine, Europe. Titan Machinery Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in West Fargo, North Dakota.

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