Head-To-Head Review: SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:SXCP) versus The Competition

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: SXCP) is one of 28 public companies in the “Steel” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. -9.04% 14.81% 5.54%
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. Competitors -1,029.49% 2.77% 2.40%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. 0 0 0 0 N/A
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. Competitors 290 846 963 29 2.34

As a group, “Steel” companies have a potential upside of 6.48%. Given SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P.’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. $800.00 million $218.50 million -9.78
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. Competitors $7.78 billion $1.01 billion 40.13

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P.’s rivals have 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 its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $2.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.2%. SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. pays out -129.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Steel” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 65.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

15.7% of SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.1% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.1% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P.’s rivals have a beta of 1.37, meaning that their average stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. rivals beat SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

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.

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