EVRAZ (OTCMKTS:EVRZF) and Universal Stainless & Alloy Products (NASDAQ:USAP) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares EVRAZ and Universal Stainless & Alloy Products’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EVRAZ N/A N/A N/A
Universal Stainless & Alloy Products 6.43% 2.92% 1.77%

Risk & Volatility

EVRAZ has a beta of -3.31, indicating that its stock price is 431% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Stainless & Alloy Products has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.9% of Universal Stainless & Alloy Products shares are held by institutional investors. 10.3% of Universal Stainless & Alloy Products shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares EVRAZ and Universal Stainless & Alloy Products’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EVRAZ $10.83 billion 0.95 $681.36 million $0.48 15.13
Universal Stainless & Alloy Products $202.64 million 1.05 $7.61 million N/A N/A

EVRAZ has higher revenue and earnings than Universal Stainless & Alloy Products.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for EVRAZ and Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EVRAZ 0 0 0 0 N/A
Universal Stainless & Alloy Products 0 1 1 0 2.50

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products has a consensus price target of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 35.30%. Given Universal Stainless & Alloy Products’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Universal Stainless & Alloy Products is more favorable than EVRAZ.

Summary

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products beats EVRAZ on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About EVRAZ

EVRAZ plc, together with its subsidiaries, produces and distributes steel and related products. The company operates through four segments: Steel; Steel, North America; Coal; and Other Operations. Its products include construction products, industrial products, railway products, vanadium products, and pipes, as well as raw materials, such as iron ore, coal, and limestone products. The company is involved in the extraction of vanadium ore; iron ore mining and enrichment; and coal mining and enrichment, as well as energy-generation, shipping, and railway transportation businesses. It has operations in the Commonwealth of Independent States, America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and internationally. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Moscow, Russia. EVRAZ plc is a subsidiary of Lanebrook Limited.

About Universal Stainless & Alloy Products

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets semi-finished and finished specialty steel products in the United States and internationally. The company's products include stainless steel, nickel alloys, tool steel, and various other alloyed steels. The company offers semi-finished and finished long products in the form of ingots, blooms, billets, and bars; flat rolled products, such as slabs and plates; and customized shapes primarily for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which are cold rolled from purchased coiled strip, flat bar, or extruded bar. Its semi-finished long products are primarily used to produce finished bar, rod, and wire products; and finished bar products that are principally used by OEMs and by service center customers for distribution to various end users. The company also offers conversion services on materials supplied by its customers. Its products are also used in aerospace, oil and gas, power generation, and automotive industries, as well as in the manufacturing of equipment for food handling, health and medical, chemical processing, and pollution control; and manufacturing of metals, plastics, paper and aluminum extrusions, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and optics. Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. sells its products to service centers, forgers, rerollers, OEMs, and wire redrawers. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania.

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