SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: SXCP) and National Steel (NYSE:SID) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitabiliy.

Volatility and Risk

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Steel has a beta of 2.27, suggesting that its share price is 127% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

28.1% of SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.4% of National Steel shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. and National Steel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. -9.52% 14.02% 5.44%
National Steel N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. and National Steel’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. $800.00 million 1.00 $218.50 million ($1.87) -9.22
National Steel $5.23 billion 0.66 $935.96 million $0.25 10.20

National Steel has higher revenue and earnings than SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P.. SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National Steel, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $2.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.8%. National Steel does not pay a dividend. SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. pays out -127.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. National Steel has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. and National Steel, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. 0 0 1 0 3.00
National Steel 0 0 0 0 N/A

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. presently has a consensus price target of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.14%. Given SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P.’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. is more favorable than National Steel.

Summary

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. beats National Steel on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P.

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. is engaged in the production of coke used in the blast furnace production of steel. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned a 98% interest in Haverhill Coke Company LLC (Haverhill), Middletown Coke Company, LLC (Middletown), and Gateway Energy and Coke Company, LLC (Granite City). The Company’s segments include Domestic Coke, which consists of the Haverhill, Middletown and Granite City cokemaking and heat recovery operations located in Franklin Furnace, Ohio; Middletown, Ohio, and Granite City, Illinois, respectively, and Coal Logistics, which consists of the Company’s Convent Marine Terminal, Kanawha River Terminals, LLC and SunCoke Lake Terminal, LLC (Lake Terminal) coal handling and/or mixing service operations in Convent, Louisiana; Ceredo and Belle, West Virginia, and East Chicago, Indiana, respectively. It also provides coal handling and/or mixing services at its Coal Logistics terminals to steel, coke, electric utility and coal mining customers.

About National Steel

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional is a Brazil-based company engaged in the steel industry. The Company operates throughout the entire steel production chain, from the mining of iron ore to the production and sale of a range of steel products, including coated galvanized flat steel and tinplate. The Company operates in five segments: Steel, Mining, Cement, Logistics and Energy. The Steel segment focuses on the production, distribution and sale of flat steel, long steel, metallic containers and galvanized steel, with operations in Brazil, the United States, Portugal and Germany. The Mining segment encompasses the activities of iron ore and tin mining. The Cement segment is responsible for the cement production, distribution and sale operations. The Logistics segment manages port terminal for containers, as well as railway networks. The Energy segment includes generation of electric power. The Company is controlled by Vicunha Acos SA.

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