AZZ (AZZ) & Sql Technologies C (SQFL) Head to Head Contrast

AZZ (NYSE:AZZ) and Sql Technologies C (OTCMKTS:SQFL) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares AZZ and Sql Technologies C’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AZZ 5.63% 5.43% 2.96%
Sql Technologies C -161.05% N/A -76.95%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.7% of AZZ shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of AZZ shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 50.2% of Sql Technologies C shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AZZ and Sql Technologies C’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AZZ $810.43 million 1.53 $45.16 million $1.35 35.17
Sql Technologies C $7.70 million 21.47 -$26.71 million N/A N/A

AZZ has higher revenue and earnings than Sql Technologies C.

Risk & Volatility

AZZ has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sql Technologies C has a beta of -2.42, meaning that its share price is 342% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

AZZ pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Sql Technologies C does not pay a dividend. AZZ pays out 50.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. AZZ has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for AZZ and Sql Technologies C, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AZZ 0 1 1 0 2.50
Sql Technologies C 0 0 0 0 N/A

AZZ currently has a consensus price target of $50.50, indicating a potential upside of 6.36%. Given AZZ’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe AZZ is more favorable than Sql Technologies C.

Summary

AZZ beats Sql Technologies C on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AZZ

AZZ Inc. provides galvanizing and metal coating services, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment, and highly engineered services to the power generation, transmission, distribution, refining, and industrial markets. The company operates through two segments, Energy Segment and Metal Coatings. The Energy segment provides specialized products and services designed to support industrial, nuclear, and electrical applications. This segment offers custom switchgear, electrical enclosures, medium and high voltage bus ducts, explosion proof and hazardous duty lighting, nuclear safety-related equipment, and tubular products to multi-national companies and small independent companies. This segment sells its products through manufacturers' representatives, distributors, agents, and internal sales force. The Metal Coatings segment offers hot dip galvanizing and other metal coating applications to the steel fabrication industry. This segment serves fabricators or manufacturers that provide services to the electrical and telecommunications, bridge and highway, petrochemical, and general industrial markets, as well as original equipment manufacturers. As of February 28, 2018, the company operated 45 metal coating plants located in various locations in the United States and Canada. AZZ Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

About Sql Technologies C

SQL Technologies Corp. manufactures and sells ceiling fans and lighting fixtures to large retailers under the General Electric brand through retail and online sales. The company was formerly known as Safety Quick Lighting & Fans Corp. and changed its name to SQL Technologies Corp. in August 2016. SQL Technologies Corp. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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