Contrasting Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE:RS) and Mitsubishi (OTCMKTS:MSBHF)

Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE:RS) and Mitsubishi (OTCMKTS:MSBHF) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

Reliance Steel & Aluminum has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mitsubishi has a beta of 0.45, indicating that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Reliance Steel & Aluminum and Mitsubishi, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Reliance Steel & Aluminum 0 2 5 0 2.71
Mitsubishi 0 1 1 0 2.50

Reliance Steel & Aluminum currently has a consensus price target of $166.17, suggesting a potential upside of 18.55%. Given Reliance Steel & Aluminum’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Reliance Steel & Aluminum is more favorable than Mitsubishi.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.7% of Reliance Steel & Aluminum shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Reliance Steel & Aluminum shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Reliance Steel & Aluminum and Mitsubishi’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Reliance Steel & Aluminum 7.86% 15.96% 10.06%
Mitsubishi 1.68% 3.52% 1.22%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Reliance Steel & Aluminum and Mitsubishi’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Reliance Steel & Aluminum $8.81 billion 1.01 $369.10 million $7.71 18.18
Mitsubishi $121.55 billion 0.19 $1.62 billion N/A N/A

Mitsubishi has higher revenue and earnings than Reliance Steel & Aluminum.


Reliance Steel & Aluminum beats Mitsubishi on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Reliance Steel & Aluminum

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. engages in the provision of metals processing services and distribution of metal products. It offers alloy, aluminum, brass, copper, carbon steel, stainless steel, titanium and specialty steel products. The company was founded by Thomas J. Neilan on February 3, 1939 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

About Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Corporation engages in the natural gas, industrial materials, petroleum and chemicals, mineral resources, industrial infrastructure, automotive and mobility, food industry, consumer industry, power solution, and urban development businesses worldwide. The company's Natural Gas segment engages in the natural gas/oil exploration, production, and development business; and liquified natural gas business. Its Industrial Materials segment invests in, develops, and trades in carbon, steel products, and performance materials for automobile and mobility, construction, and finance industries. The company's Petroleum & Chemicals segment invests in, develops, and trades in crude oil and oil products, LPG, ethylene, methanol, salt, ammonia, plastics, and fertilizers. Its Mineral Resources segment invests in and develops metallurgical coal, copper, iron ore, and aluminum resources. The company's Industrial Infrastructure segment trades in energy infrastructure, industrial plants, machinery tools, agricultural machinery, mining machinery, elevators, escalators, ships, and aerospace related equipment. Its Automotive & Mobility segment produces, finances, and sells passenger and commercial cars; and mobility services. The company's Food Industry segment develops and sells food resources, fresh foods, consumer goods, and food ingredients. Its Consumer Industry segment engages in food retail, apparel, healthcare, and logistics and distribution businesses. The company's Power Solution segment generates, transmits, and retails power; supplies power generating and transmitting products and equipment; develops and sells lithium ion; develops hydrogen; and offers battery services. Its Urban Development segment engages in the urban infrastructure development, operation, and management businesses. Mitsubishi Corporation was incorporated in 1950 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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