Reviewing KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR (KURRY) & Hawkins (HWKN)

KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR (OTCMKTS:KURRY) and Hawkins (NASDAQ:HWKN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Volatility and Risk

KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hawkins has a beta of 1, suggesting that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR and Hawkins, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hawkins 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.8% of Hawkins shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of Hawkins 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.

Dividends

KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Hawkins pays an annual dividend of $0.45 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Hawkins has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR and Hawkins’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR $4.61 billion 1.09 $477.05 million N/A N/A
Hawkins $504.17 million 0.81 -$9.17 million N/A N/A

KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Hawkins.

Profitability

This table compares KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR and Hawkins’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR 9.38% 10.53% 6.93%
Hawkins -0.68% 9.32% 5.08%

Summary

KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR beats Hawkins on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About KURARAY Co Ltd/ADR

Kuraray Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells chemicals and resins, fibers and textiles, high performance materials, medical products, and others products worldwide. The company's Vinyl Acetate segment offers functional resins and films, including polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) resins for paper/fiber processing agents, adhesives, and others; optical-use PVA films for liquid crystal display televisions, mobile phone screens, and others; water-soluble PVA films for water soluble delivery system and others; PVB films for use as interlayers for laminated safety glass and photovoltaic module encapsulation; EVAL resins and films for food packaging, automobile tanks/vacuum insulation panels, refrigerators, and others; and PLANTIC, a bio-based barrier material for fresh food packaging and industrial uses. Its Isoprene segment produces isoprene chemicals; thermoplastic elastomers; heat-resistant polyamide resins; liquid rubber as additive agent for automobile tires and others; and acrylic thermoplastic elastomers. The company's Functional Materials segment offers man made leather products; methacrylic resins for LCDs, automobile light covers, signboards, construction materials, and others; and dental materials for treating cavities. Its Fibers and Textile segment provides PVA fibers, which are reinforcing materials for cement, concrete, and others; non-woven fabrics for everyday goods, industrial products, and others; hook and loop fasteners for clothing, sporting goods, industrial materials, and others; and polyarylate fibers for rope, fishing net, and other industrial products. The company's Trading segment engages in the import, export, and wholesale of fibers and textiles, including polyester filaments and chemicals. Its Others segment offers membranes, activated carbons, and others. The company also engages in water purification, wastewater treatment, ballast water management system, and other businesses. Kuraray Co., Ltd. was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

About Hawkins

Hawkins, Inc. blends, manufactures, and distributes chemicals and other specialty ingredients in the United States and internationaly. It operates in three segments: Industrial, Water Treatment, and Health and Nutrition. It provides industrial chemicals, products, and services to agriculture, chemical processing, electronics, energy, food, pharmaceutical, and plating industries. This segment primarily provides acids, alkalis, and industrial and food-grade salts. It also receives, stores, and distributes various chemicals in bulk quantities, such as liquid caustic soda, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, urea, phosphoric acid, aqua ammonia, and potassium hydroxide. In addition, this segment manufactures sodium hypochlorite and agricultural products, as well as various food-grade products that include liquid phosphates, lactates, and other blended products; repackages bulk industrial chemicals; and performs custom blending of certain chemicals, and contract and private label bleach packaging. The Water Treatment segment provides chemicals, equipment, and solutions for potable water, municipal and industrial wastewater, industrial process water, and non-residential swimming pool water. The Health and Nutrition segment offers ingredient distribution, processing, and formulation solutions to manufacturers of nutraceutical, functional food and beverage, personal care, dietary supplement and other nutritional food, and health and wellness products. Its products portfolio includes minerals, botanicals and herbs, vitamins and amino acids, excipients, joint products, sweeteners, and enzymes. The company was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Roseville, Minnesota.

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