DistributionNOW (DNOW) vs. Its Peers Financial Contrast

DistributionNOW (NYSE: DNOW) is one of 14 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & gas field machinery” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare DistributionNOW to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for DistributionNOW and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DistributionNOW 0 7 4 0 2.36
DistributionNOW Competitors 144 880 867 20 2.40

DistributionNOW presently has a consensus price target of $12.60, indicating a potential upside of 7.97%. As a group, “Oil & gas field machinery” companies have a potential upside of 6.92%. Given DistributionNOW’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe DistributionNOW is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility & Risk

DistributionNOW has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DistributionNOW’s rivals have a beta of 0.97, indicating that their average stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares DistributionNOW and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
DistributionNOW $2.65 billion -$52.00 million -43.22
DistributionNOW Competitors $3.65 billion -$224.01 million 18.31

DistributionNOW’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than DistributionNOW. DistributionNOW is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares DistributionNOW and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DistributionNOW -1.96% -2.46% -1.68%
DistributionNOW Competitors -7.81% -9.68% -0.43%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.0% of shares of all “Oil & gas field machinery” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of DistributionNOW shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.8% of shares of all “Oil & gas field machinery” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


DistributionNOW rivals beat DistributionNOW on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

DistributionNOW Company Profile

NOW Inc. distributes energy and industrial products in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It offers consumable maintenance, repair, and operating supplies; and pipes, valves, fittings, flanges, gaskets, fasteners, electrical products, instrumentations, artificial lift, pumping solutions, valve actuation and modular process, measurement and control equipment, process equipment, pumps, OEM parts, coatings, mill supplies, and safety supplies, as well as provides application systems, work processes, parts integration, optimization solutions, and after-sales support services. The company also provides supply chain and materials management solutions that include procurement, inventory and warehouse management, logistics, point of issue technology, project management, business process, and performance metrics reporting. It offers its products under the DistributionNOW and Wilson Export brand names. The company serves customers in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the energy industry, including drilling contractors, well servicing companies, independent and national oil and gas companies, midstream operators, and refineries, as well as petrochemical, chemical, utilities, and other downstream energy processors; and industrial and manufacturing companies. NOW Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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