EPS growth is an important number as it indicates the future prospects of NL Industries. The EPS growth rate, as it is typically called, is usually expressed as a percentage, which at this time is hard to estimate, but revenue growth has been -1.60 % over the last twelve months. Growth in EPS is an important measure of administration performance because it shows how much money NL Industries is making for it’s investors or shareholders.

NL Industries trades as part of the industrials sector and is in the industrial distribution industry. The company CEO is Robert D. Graham. NL Industries Inc is a holding company and operates in the component products industry through its majority owned subsidiary, CompX International The Company operates in the chemicals industry through its interest in Kronos Worldwide,

Previous Intraday Performance:

The NL shares had a previous change of -3.06% which opened at 5.72 and closed at 5.39. It moved to an intraday high of 5.48 and a low of 5.31.

SeekingAlpha:  NL Industries, Trading At A Massive Discount, Has Seen A Critical Development

Historical Performance:

Over the last five trading days, NL shares returned -3.41% and in the past 30 trading days it returned -9.41%. Over three months, it changed -39.78%. In one year it has changed -57.22% and within that year its 52-week high was 16.05 and its 52-week low was 4.85. NL stock is 11.13% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations result in a 200 day moving average of 8.19 and a 50 day moving average of 6.38. Right now, NL stock is trading -34.18% below its 200 day moving average and may not be a great opportunity to buy as it may continue to trend down.

SeekingAlpha:  NL Industries, Trading At A Massive Discount, Has Seen A Critical Development


The company has a market cap of $262.6m with 48.7m shares outstanding and a float of 47.6m shares. Trading volume was 10,540 shares and has experienced an average volume of 18,550 shares. Our calculation, using the current average volume and close price, leads me to believe that the liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.


The last annual reported EPS for NL Industries was 2.38 which ended on 31st of December 2017, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 2.26.

Below was the last reported quarterly earnings per share:
06-30-2018:  0.14
03-31-2018:  0.29
12-31-2017:  0.23
09-30-2017:  0.36

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 19.83, which means it might be undervalued and has a margin of safety of 72.82%

Indicators Also to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 2.40% of insider ownership and 11.90% of institutional ownership. Short-interest was 242,490, which was 0.50% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio was 10.03. This stock has some short interest, but it might be normal and no need to worry if long the position.

I calculated the beta to be 2.99

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Fundamental Numbers:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 14.30%, return on assets is 7.29%, profit margin is 26.13%, price-to-sales is 3.15 and price-to-book is 1.32.

Company Score Card:

Results are out of six:
 1  : Growth Expectations Result
 5  : Financial Safety Result
 1  : Past Performance Result
 5  : Valuation Result
 0  : Dividend Safety Result
 3  : Overall Result

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Jake McWilliams
I am an independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked both for the sell side (brokerage) and the buy side (fund administration). I have been trading professionally for about 20 years. I trade stocks and forex and I play both long and short positions in underlying asset or through options. I have experience with discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader and Quantshare).


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