Reviewing iRobot (IRBT) & NACCO Industries (NC)

iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT) and NACCO Industries (NYSE:NC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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89.4% of iRobot shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.3% of NACCO Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.5% of iRobot shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 35.9% of NACCO Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for iRobot and NACCO Industries, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
iRobot 1 6 3 0 2.20
NACCO Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

iRobot presently has a consensus price target of $67.25, suggesting a potential downside of 0.33%. Given iRobot’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe iRobot is more favorable than NACCO Industries.


NACCO Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. iRobot does not pay a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

iRobot has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NACCO Industries has a beta of 0.66, suggesting that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares iRobot and NACCO Industries’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
iRobot $883.91 million 2.14 $50.96 million $1.77 38.12
NACCO Industries $104.78 million 2.45 $30.33 million N/A N/A

iRobot has higher revenue and earnings than NACCO Industries.


This table compares iRobot and NACCO Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
iRobot 5.77% 12.62% 9.41%
NACCO Industries 7.62% 9.15% 4.00%


iRobot beats NACCO Industries on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About iRobot

iRobot Corporation designs, builds, and sells robots for the consumer market worldwide. It offers Roomba floor vacuuming robots; Braava family of automatic floor mopping robots; and Mirra Pool Cleaning Robot to clean residential pools and removes debris as small as two microns from pool floors, walls, and stair. The company sells its robots through various distribution channels, including chain stores and other national retailers, its online store, and value-added distributors and resellers. iRobot Corporation was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts.

About NACCO Industries

NACCO Industries, Inc. operates primarily in the mining industry. The company mines coal in North Dakota, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico for power generation. It provides value-added services, including maintaining and operating draglines for independently owned lime rock quarries; coal handling, processing, and drying services; and surface and mineral acquisition, and lease maintenance services. The company serves electric utilities, independent power providers, activated carbon producers, and synfuels plants. NACCO Industries, Inc. was founded in 1913 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

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