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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 5/10

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Cash to Debt No Debt
NL's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
92% of the 224 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. NL: No Debt )
NL' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.09   Max: No Debt
Current: No Debt

Equity to Asset 0.49
NL's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
62% of the 226 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. NL: 0.49 )
NL' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.25   Max: 0.58
Current: 0.49

-0.25
0.58
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.46
M-Score: -3.44
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 4/10

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Operating margin (%) -48.61
NL's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
73% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 4.05 vs. NL: -48.61 )
NL' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -74.16   Max: 23.43
Current: -48.61

-74.16
23.43
Net-margin (%) -9.76
NL's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
70% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.43 vs. NL: -9.76 )
NL' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -60.12   Max: 102.31
Current: -9.76

-60.12
102.31
ROE (%) -3.18
NL's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
66% of the 226 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.09 vs. NL: -3.18 )
NL' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -15.16   Max: 75.48
Current: -3.18

-15.16
75.48
ROA (%) -1.63
NL's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
65% of the 228 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. NL: -1.63 )
NL' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -8.1   Max: 32.54
Current: -1.63

-8.1
32.54
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -108.52
NL's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
74% of the 228 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 14.25 vs. NL: -108.52 )
NL' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -147.95   Max: 48.74
Current: -108.52

-147.95
48.74
Revenue Growth (%) 6.40
NL's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 200 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. NL: 6.40 )
NL' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -45.9   Max: 10.8
Current: 6.4

-45.9
10.8
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Ratios

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P/B 1.70
NL's P/B is ranked higher than
54% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. NL: 1.70 )
NL' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.25   Max: 4.7
Current: 1.7

1.25
4.7
P/S 4.40
NL's P/S is ranked lower than
65% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.56 vs. NL: 4.40 )
NL' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.49   Max: 14.9
Current: 4.4

0.49
14.9
PFCF 16.10
NL's PFCF is ranked higher than
79% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 40.00 vs. NL: 16.10 )
NL' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.74   Max: 207.43
Current: 16.1

4.74
207.43
EV-to-EBIT -7.86
NL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
73% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 14.30 vs. NL: -7.86 )
NL' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -75.1   Max: 19631.7
Current: -7.86

-75.1
19631.7
Shiller P/E 11.60
NL's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
91% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 36.81 vs. NL: 11.60 )
NL' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 4.02   Max: 34.14
Current: 11.6

4.02
34.14
Current Ratio 3.36
NL's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
89% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. NL: 3.36 )
NL' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.22   Max: 5.38
Current: 3.36

1.22
5.38
Quick Ratio 2.90
NL's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
92% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. NL: 2.90 )
NL' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 4.79
Current: 2.9

0.78
4.79

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.40
NL's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
69% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.13 vs. NL: 1.40 )
NL' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 1.36   Max: 8.98
Current: 1.4

1.36
8.98
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.40
NL's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
68% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. NL: 1.40 )
NL' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.39   Max: 8.98
Current: 1.4

1.39
8.98

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 1.89
NL's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
57% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.81 vs. NL: 1.89 )
NL' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 7.35
Current: 1.89

0.91
7.35
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.33
NL's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
73% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.14 vs. NL: 1.33 )
NL' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 6.36
Current: 1.33

0.42
6.36
Price/Median PS Value 1.30
NL's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
58% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. NL: 1.30 )
NL' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 4.3
Current: 1.3

0.08
4.3
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) -12.70
NL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
73% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.10 vs. NL: -12.70 )
NL' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 14.4
Current: -12.7

0.1
14.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -40.74
NL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked lower than
65% of the 145 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 11.99 vs. NL: -40.74 )
NL' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -41.1   Max: 6.1
Current: -40.74

-41.1
6.1

Business Description

Industry: Industrial Distribution » Industrial Distribution
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NL Industries, Inc., is a New Jersey Corporation incorporated in 1891. The Company is a holding company. It operates in the component products industry through its majority-owned subsidiary, CompX International Inc. It operates in the chemicals industry through its non-controlling interest in Kronos Worldwide, Inc. CompX and Kronos each file periodic reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CompX is a manufacturer of engineered components utilized in a variety of applications and industries. Through its Security Products division CompX manufactures mechanical and electrical cabinet locks and other locking mechanisms used in postal, office and institutional furniture, transportation, vending, tool storage and other general cabinetry applications. CompX's Furniture Components division manufactures precision ball bearing slides and ergonomic computer support systems used in office and institutional furniture, home appliances, tool storage, healthcare and a variety of other applications. CompX also manufactures stainless steel exhaust systems, gauges and throttle controls for the performance boat industry through its Marine Components division. Kronos is a producer and marketer of value-added titanium dioxide pigments, which are used for imparting whiteness, brightness, opacity and durability to a diverse range of customer applications and end-use markets, including coatings, plastics, paper and other industrial and consumer "quality-of-life" products. Kronos has production facilities in Europe and North America. Kronos' main competitors include E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., or Dupont; Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, Inc., or Cristal; Huntsman Corporation; Tronox Incorporated; and Sachtleben Chemie GmbH. CompX's operations are subject to federal, state, local and non-U.S. laws and regulations relating to the use, storage, handling, generation, transportation, treatment, emission, discharge, disposal, remediation of and exposure to hazardous and non-hazardous substances, materials and wastes.
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