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Executive Summary

CompX International Inc. manufactures and sells security products and recreational marine components primarily in North America. More Details

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet and undervalued.

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Share Price & News

How has CompX International's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: CIX is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 5% a week.

Volatility Over Time: CIX's weekly volatility (5%) has been stable over the past year.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Commercial Services


US Market

1 Year Return




US Commercial Services


US Market

Return vs Industry: CIX underperformed the US Commercial Services industry which returned 5.6% over the past year.

Return vs Market: CIX underperformed the US Market which returned 24.3% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-1.3%-3.4%-2.7%
30 Day-1.3%-4.1%1.8%
90 Day11.7%7.0%16.4%
1 Year-16.7%-19.0%4.7%3.3%23.9%21.2%
3 Year8.7%2.3%36.8%27.4%43.7%34.2%
5 Year51.3%37.9%123.4%100.2%124.3%99.2%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is CompX International's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is CompX International undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: CIX ($14.07) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($19.27)

Significantly Below Fair Value: CIX is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: CIX is good value based on its PE Ratio (15.4x) compared to the US Commercial Services industry average (27.4x).

PE vs Market: CIX is good value based on its PE Ratio (15.4x) compared to the US market (21.2x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate CIX's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: CIX is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.1x) compared to the US Commercial Services industry average (2.3x).

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Future Growth

How is CompX International forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?


Forecasted Commercial Services industry annual growth in earnings

In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as CompX International has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.

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Past Performance

How has CompX International performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: CIX has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: CIX's current net profit margins (10%) are lower than last year (12.7%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: CIX's earnings have grown by 11.1% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: CIX's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: CIX had negative earnings growth (-26.2%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Commercial Services industry average (-9%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: CIX's Return on Equity (6.8%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is CompX International's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: CIX's short term assets ($97.8M) exceed its short term liabilities ($11.7M).

Long Term Liabilities: CIX's short term assets ($97.8M) exceed its long term liabilities ($3.5M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: CIX is debt free.

Reducing Debt: CIX has not had any debt for past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: CIX has no debt, therefore it does not need to be covered by operating cash flow.

Interest Coverage: CIX has no debt, therefore coverage of interest payments is not a concern.

Balance Sheet

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What is CompX International current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: CIX's dividend (2.84%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.39%).

High Dividend: CIX's dividend (2.84%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.87%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: CIX's dividend payments have been volatile in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: CIX's dividend payments have fallen over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (40.4%), CIX's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Scott James (54 yo)





Mr. Scott C. James has been the Chief Executive Officer of Compx International Inc. since May 24, 2017 and its President since August 18, 2014. Mr. James served as the Chief Operating Officer of CompX Inte...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Scott's total compensation ($USD1.06M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD992.69K).

Compensation vs Earnings: Scott's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Scott James
President & CEO3.67yrsUS$1.06mno data
Amy Samford
VP & CFO1.58yrsUS$486.78kno data
Andrew Nace
Executive Vice President3.67yrsUS$350.00kno data
Jane Grimm
VP & Secretary3.67yrsno datano data
Bryan Hanley
VP & Treasurer3.42yrsno data0.0020%
$ 3.6k
Amy Ruf
VP & Controller1.58yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: CIX's management team is considered experienced (3.5 years average tenure).

Board Members

Robert Graham
Vice Chairman of the Board2.67yrsUS$559.00k0.0080%
$ 14.3k
David Bowers
$ 200.0k
Ann Manix
Independent Director22.58yrsUS$79.65k0.049%
$ 87.8k
Thomas Barry
Independent Director4.83yrsUS$89.65k0.048%
$ 85.3k
Terri Herrington
Independent Director2.83yrsUS$94.65k0.032%
$ 56.6k
Loretta Feehan
Chairman of the Board3.67yrsUS$99.65k0.064%
$ 114.0k
Mary Tidlund
Independent Director4.83yrsUS$74.65k0.048%
$ 85.3k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: CIX's board of directors are considered experienced (4.8 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

CompX International Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: CompX International Inc.
  • Ticker: CIX
  • Exchange: AMEX
  • Founded: 1993
  • Industry: Office Services and Supplies
  • Sector: Commercial Services
  • Market Cap: US$178.550m
  • Shares outstanding: 12.45m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • CompX International Inc.
  • Three Lincoln Centre
  • Suite 1700
  • Dallas
  • Texas
  • 75240-2620
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
CIXAMEX (NYSE MKT LLC)YesClass A Common StockUSUSDMar 1998


CompX International Inc. manufactures and sells security products and recreational marine components primarily in North America. It operates in two segments, Security Products and Marine Components. The Se...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/01/28 00:06
End of Day Share Price2021/01/27 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.