Aperam (OTCMKTS: APEMY) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Blast furnaces & steel mills” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Aperam to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

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Aperam has a beta of 2.23, indicating that its stock price is 123% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aperam’s rivals have a beta of 1.39, indicating that their average stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Aperam shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.2% of shares of all “Blast furnaces & steel mills” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.0% of shares of all “Blast furnaces & steel mills” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Aperam pays an annual dividend of $1.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Aperam pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Blast furnaces & steel mills” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.6% and pay out 40.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Aperam is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Aperam and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aperam 0 0 0 0 N/A
Aperam Competitors 306 904 1077 54 2.38

As a group, “Blast furnaces & steel mills” companies have a potential upside of 12.15%. Given Aperam’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Aperam has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Aperam and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aperam 7.15% 11.99% 6.37%
Aperam Competitors 4.25% 10.74% 3.42%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aperam and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Aperam $5.05 billion $361.00 million 11.53
Aperam Competitors $12.33 billion $652.37 million 15.51

Aperam’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Aperam. Aperam is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Aperam Company Profile

Aperam produces and sells stainless and specialty steel products worldwide. It operates through three segments: Stainless & Electrical Steel, Services & Solutions, and Alloys & Specialties. The company offers steel products and electrical steels, including grain oriented, non-grain oriented, and non-grain oriented semi-processed steel products. It is also involved in the selling and distribution operations; and the provision of value added and customized steel solutions. In addition, the company designs, produces, and transforms nickel and cobalt alloys, and other specific stainless steels in various forms, such as bars, semis, cold-rolled strips, wire and wire rods, and plates. It serves customers in automotive, construction, catering, medical, oil and gas, aerospace, industrial processes, electronic, and electrical engineering industries. The company distributes its products through a network of service centers, transformation facilities, and sales offices. Aperam was incorporated in 2010 and is headquartered in Luxembourg.

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