NN (NNBR) and RBC Bearings (ROLL) Critical Survey

NN (NASDAQ: NNBR) and RBC Bearings (NASDAQ:ROLL) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and profitabiliy.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.9% of NN shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.4% of RBC Bearings shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of NN shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.4% of RBC Bearings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NN and RBC Bearings’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NN $847.58 million 0.88 $138.31 million $0.61 44.51
RBC Bearings $615.39 million 3.92 $148.92 million $2.97 34.19

RBC Bearings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than NN. RBC Bearings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than NN, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

NN has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, RBC Bearings has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares NN and RBC Bearings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NN 2.00% 14.04% 3.27%
RBC Bearings 11.48% 11.12% 6.84%


NN pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. RBC Bearings does not pay a dividend. NN pays out 45.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for NN and RBC Bearings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NN 0 0 2 0 3.00
RBC Bearings 0 1 1 0 2.50

NN presently has a consensus price target of $33.50, indicating a potential upside of 23.39%. RBC Bearings has a consensus price target of $73.00, indicating a potential downside of 28.11%. Given NN’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe NN is more favorable than RBC Bearings.


RBC Bearings beats NN on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NN

NN, Inc. is a diversified industrial company and a manufacturer of high precision bearing components, industrial plastic products and precision metal components to a range of markets on a global basis. The Company operates through three segments: the Precision Bearing Components Group, the Precision Engineered Products Group and the Autocam Precision Components Group. Within its Precision Bearing Components Group, it manufactures and supplies high precision bearing components, consisting of balls, cylindrical rollers, tapered rollers, spherical rollers and metal retainers, for bearing and constant velocity (CV)-joint. Within its Precision Engineered Products Group, it designs and manufactures a range of high-precision metal and plastic components, assemblies and finished devices. Within its Autocam Precision Components Group, the Company manufactures highly engineered, difficult-to-manufacture precision metal components and subassemblies.

About RBC Bearings

RBC Bearings Incorporated is an international manufacturer and marketer of engineered precision bearings and products, which are integral to the manufacture and operation of machines, aircraft and mechanical systems. The Company operates through four segments: Plain Bearings; Roller Bearings; Ball Bearings, and Engineered Products. The Company has over 40 facilities of which over 30 are manufacturing facilities in approximately five countries. The Company classifies its customers into two categories: industrial and aerospace. The Company manufactures bearings and engineered products for a range of diversified industrial markets, including construction and mining, oil and natural resource extraction, heavy truck, marine, rail and train, packaging, semiconductor machinery and the general industrial markets. The Company supplies bearings and engineered products for use in commercial, private and military aircraft and aircraft engines, guided weaponry, and vision and optical systems.

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