SunCoke Energy (NYSE: SXC) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Steel” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare SunCoke Energy to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SunCoke Energy and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
SunCoke Energy $1.22 billion $14.40 million 131.52
SunCoke Energy Competitors $8.51 billion $152.20 million -78.34

SunCoke Energy’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than SunCoke Energy. SunCoke Energy is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.3% of SunCoke Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.5% of shares of all “Steel” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of SunCoke Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.9% of shares of all “Steel” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

SunCoke Energy has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SunCoke Energy’s competitors have a beta of 1.42, suggesting that their average share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for SunCoke Energy and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SunCoke Energy 0 0 1 0 3.00
SunCoke Energy Competitors 292 855 972 32 2.35

As a group, “Steel” companies have a potential upside of 15.29%. Given SunCoke Energy’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SunCoke Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares SunCoke Energy and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SunCoke Energy 0.42% 4.60% 1.21%
SunCoke Energy Competitors -1,029.80% 2.33% 2.21%

Summary

SunCoke Energy competitors beat SunCoke Energy on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About SunCoke Energy

SunCoke Energy, Inc. is a producer of coke in the Americas. The Company’s segments include Domestic Coke, Brazil Coke, Coal Logistics, and Corporate and Other. The Domestic Coke segment consists of its Jewell Coke Company, L.P. (Jewell), Indiana Harbor Coke Company (Indiana Harbor), Haverhill Coke Company LLC (Haverhill), Gateway Energy and Coke Company, LLC (Granite City) and Middletown Coke Company, LLC (Middletown) cokemaking and heat recovery operations. The Brazil Coke segment consists of its operations in Vitoria, Brazil, where the Company operate a cokemaking facility, ArcelorMittal Brasil S.A. The Coal Logistics segment consists of its Convent Marine Terminal (CMT), Kanawha River Terminals, LLC (KRT), SunCoke Lake Terminal, LLC (Lake Terminal) and Dismal River Terminal, LLC (DRT) coal handling and/or mixing service operations. It designs, develops, builds, owns and operates five cokemaking facilities in the United States, as of December 31, 2016.

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