Head-To-Head Survey: HighCom Global Security (HCGS) and Cabot (CBT)

HighCom Global Security (OTCMKTS:HCGS) and Cabot (NYSE:CBT) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

HighCom Global Security has a beta of 1.89, indicating that its share price is 89% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cabot has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares HighCom Global Security and Cabot’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HighCom Global Security -26.57% -24.48% -22.26%
Cabot -3.49% 18.82% 8.03%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares HighCom Global Security and Cabot’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HighCom Global Security $6.22 million 0.56 -$2.11 million N/A N/A
Cabot $3.24 billion 0.85 -$113.00 million $4.03 11.39

HighCom Global Security has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Cabot.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for HighCom Global Security and Cabot, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HighCom Global Security 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cabot 0 0 6 0 3.00

Cabot has a consensus target price of $76.00, indicating a potential upside of 65.51%. Given Cabot’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cabot is more favorable than HighCom Global Security.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.4% of Cabot shares are held by institutional investors. 16.0% of HighCom Global Security shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Cabot shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Cabot pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. HighCom Global Security does not pay a dividend. Cabot pays out 32.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cabot has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Summary

Cabot beats HighCom Global Security on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

HighCom Global Security Company Profile

HighCom Global Security, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes security products and personal protective gears in the United States and internationally. It offers body armors, striker ballistic helmets, guardian hard armor plates, trooper soft armor vests, ballistic shields and plates, civilian armor system ballistic panels, and stingray ballistic blankets. The company also provides BlastWrap, a technology component to mitigate blast effects and suppresses post-blast fires. Its customers include independent distributors, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, other federal government agencies, local police department, foreign entities, the United Nations, and law enforcement and corrections bodies. The company was formerly known as BlastGard International, Inc. and changed its name to HighCom Global Security, Inc. in June 2017. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Columbus, Ohio. HighCom Global Security, Inc. is a subsidiary of 2538093 Ontario Inc.

Cabot Company Profile

Cabot Corporation operates as a specialty chemicals and performance materials company. The company offers rubber grade carbon blacks used in tires as a rubber reinforcing agent and performance additive, as well as in industrial products, such as hoses, belts, extruded profiles, and molded goods; and compounds of carbon black and rubber. It also provides specialty grades of carbon black used in inks, coatings, plastics, adhesives, toners, batteries, and displays applications; masterbatch and conductive compound products for use in automotive, industrial, packaging, consumer products, and electronics industries; inkjet colorants used in the inkjet printing applications; fumed silica used in adhesives, sealants, cosmetics, batteries, inks, toners, silicone elastomers, coatings, polishing slurries, and pharmaceuticals; fumed alumina used in various products, including inkjet media, lighting, coatings, cosmetics, and polishing slurries; and aerogel, a hydrophobic, silica-based particle for use in various thermal insulation and specialty chemical applications. In addition, the company offers activated carbon products used for the purification of water, air, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and other liquids and gases; and activated carbon solutions for activated carbon injection in coal-fired utilities, mobile water filter units, and carbon reactivation services. Further, it provides cesium formate brines used as a drilling and completion fluid primarily in high pressure and high temperature oil and gas well construction; and fine cesium chemicals used in a range of industries and applications that include catalysts, doping agents, and brazing fluxes. The company sells its products primarily through distributors and sales representatives in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Cabot Corporation was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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