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CompX International Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

March 03, 2011 | About:

CompX International Inc. (CIX) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Comp X International Inc. has a market cap of $182.5 million; its shares were traded at around $14.75 with a P/E ratio of 30.1 and P/S ratio of 1.6. The dividend yield of Comp X International Inc. stocks is 3.4%.Hedge Fund Gurus that owns CIX: Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns CIX: Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates.

Highlight of Business Operations:

At December 31, 2010, (i) NL Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NL) owned 87% of our outstanding common stock; (ii) Valhi, Inc. (NYSE: VHI) holds approximately 83% of NL s outstanding common stock; and (iii) subsidiaries of Contran Corporation hold approximately 94% of Valhi's outstanding common stock. Substantially all of Contran's outstanding voting stock is held by trusts established for the benefit of certain children and grandchildren of Harold C. Simmons, (for which Mr. Simmons is sole trustee) or is held directly by Mr. Simmons or other persons or entities related to Mr. Simmons. Consequently, Mr. Simmons may be deemed to control each of these companies and us.

We manufacture engineered components that are sold to a variety of industries including office furniture, recreational transportation (including performance boats), mailboxes, toolboxes, home appliances, banking equipment, vending equipment and computer related equipment. While a significant portion of our sales are to the office furniture market (33% in 2010 and 2009 and 36% in 2008), we continuously seek to diversify into new markets and identify new applications and features for our products, which we believe provide a greater potential for higher rates of earnings growth as well as diversification of risk. See also Item 6 – "Selected Financial Data" and Item 7 – "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations."

In 2010, our ten largest customers accounted for approximately 38% of our total sales; however, no one customer accounted for more than 10% of our sales. Of the 38% of total sales, 13% related to two Security Products customers, 12% related to five Furniture Components customers and 13% related to three customers in both of our Security Products and Furniture Components segments. Overall, our customer base is diverse and the loss of any single customer would not have a material adverse effect on our operations.

(1) Approximately 75% of our Canadian employees are represented by a labor union covered by a collective bargaining agreement that expires in January 2012, which provides for wage increases from 0% to 1% over the term of the contract.

Sales of our products to the office furniture market accounted for approximately 33% in each of 2010 and 2009 and 36% in 2008 of our total net sales. The future growth, if any, of the office furniture market will be affected by a variety of macroeconomic factors, such as service industry employment levels, corporate cash flows and non-residential commercial construction, as well as industry factors such as corporate reengineering and restructuring, technology demands, ergonomic, health and safety concerns and corporate relocations. There can be no assurance that current or future economic or industry trends will not have a material adverse affect our business.

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