Head to Head Survey: Lawson Products (LAWS) and Hudson Technologies (HDSN)

Lawson Products (NASDAQ: LAWS) and Hudson Technologies (NASDAQ:HDSN) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lawson Products and Hudson Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lawson Products $305.91 million 0.74 $29.68 million $0.51 50.10
Hudson Technologies $140.38 million 1.32 $11.15 million $0.47 9.32

Lawson Products has higher revenue and earnings than Hudson Technologies. Hudson Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lawson Products, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Lawson Products and Hudson Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lawson Products 0 1 1 0 2.50
Hudson Technologies 0 1 2 0 2.67

Lawson Products presently has a consensus price target of $30.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.42%. Hudson Technologies has a consensus price target of $7.75, suggesting a potential upside of 76.94%. Given Hudson Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hudson Technologies is more favorable than Lawson Products.

Volatility & Risk

Lawson Products has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hudson Technologies has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.8% of Lawson Products shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.1% of Hudson Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.5% of Lawson Products shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 18.0% of Hudson Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Lawson Products and Hudson Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lawson Products 9.70% 5.31% 2.59%
Hudson Technologies 7.95% 11.97% 7.83%

Summary

Hudson Technologies beats Lawson Products on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lawson Products Company Profile

Lawson Products, Inc. distributes products and services to the industrial, commercial, institutional, and government maintenance, repair, and operations marketplace in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. It operates in two segments, Lawson and Bolt. The company's products include fastening systems, fluid power products, specialty chemicals, cutting tools and abrasives, electrical products, aftermarket automotive supplies, safety products, welding and metal repair products, and other products. It serves customers operating in the automotive repair, commercial vehicle maintenance, government, manufacturing, food processing, distribution, construction, oil and gas, mining, wholesale, service, and other industries. The company sells its products through sales representatives, as well as directly from its Website or through fax or phone. Lawson Products, Inc. was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Hudson Technologies Company Profile

Hudson Technologies Inc. operates as a refrigerant services company in the United States and internationally. It sells reclaimed and virgin refrigerants, and industrial gases; provides refrigerant management services, such as reclamation of refrigerants and laboratory testing, as well as re-usable cylinder refurbishment and hydrostatic testing. The company also offers RefrigerantSide services, including system decontamination to remove moisture, oils, and other contaminants, as well as refrigerant recovery and reclamation services; predictive and diagnostic services that are intended to predict potential problems in air conditioning and refrigeration systems under the Chiller Chemistry, Fluid Chemistry, and Chill Smart names; and SmartEnergy OPS service, a Web-based real time continuous monitoring service for measuring, modifying, and enhancing the efficiency of energy systems comprising air conditioning and refrigeration systems. In addition, it participates in the generation of carbon offset projects. The company serves commercial, industrial, and governmental customers, as well as refrigerant wholesalers, distributors, contractors, and refrigeration equipment manufacturers; and customers in petrochemical, pharmaceutical, industrial power, manufacturing, commercial facility and property management, and maritime industries. Hudson Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Pearl River, New York.

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