Analyzing Applied UV (NASDAQ:AUVI) and AZZ (NASDAQ:AZZ)

Applied UV (NASDAQ:AUVI) and AZZ (NYSE:AZZ) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Applied UV and AZZ’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Applied UV N/A N/A N/A
AZZ 1.59% 8.29% 4.93%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.8% of AZZ shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of AZZ shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Applied UV and AZZ, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Applied UV 0 0 0 0 N/A
AZZ 0 0 1 0 3.00

AZZ has a consensus price target of $48.00, suggesting a potential upside of 38.17%. Given AZZ’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe AZZ is more favorable than Applied UV.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Applied UV and AZZ’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Applied UV N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
AZZ $1.06 billion 0.85 $48.23 million $2.71 12.82

AZZ has higher revenue and earnings than Applied UV.

Summary

AZZ beats Applied UV on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Applied UV

Applied UV, Inc. engages in the development and acquisition of technology that address infection prevention in the healthcare, hospitality, commercial, and residential markets. Its products utilize disinfection technology that applies the power of narrow-range light (UVC) to destroy pathogens thoroughly and automatically. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in Mount Vernon, New York.

About AZZ

AZZ Inc. provides galvanizing and metal coating solutions, 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 and Metal Coatings. The Energy segment provides specialized products and services designed to support industrial, electrical, and nuclear applications. It 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 internal sales force, manufacturers' representatives, distributors, and agents. The Metal Coatings segment offers hot dip galvanizing, powder coating, anodizing, plating, and other metal coating applications to the steel fabrication and other industries. It 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 29, 2020, the company operated forty galvanizing plants, one galvabar plant, and seven surface technologies plants located in various locations in the United States and Canada. AZZ Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

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