Head to Head Comparison: SunCoke Energy (SXC) and Aperam (APEMY)

SunCoke Energy (NYSE: SXC) and Aperam (OTCMKTS:APEMY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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88.8% of SunCoke Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Aperam shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of SunCoke Energy shares are owned by company 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.

Dividends

Aperam pays an annual dividend of $1.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. SunCoke Energy does not pay a dividend. Aperam pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

SunCoke Energy has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aperam has a beta of 2.23, suggesting that its stock price is 123% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SunCoke Energy and Aperam’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SunCoke Energy 9.19% 3.13% 0.84%
Aperam 7.15% 11.99% 6.37%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SunCoke Energy and Aperam’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SunCoke Energy $1.33 billion 0.51 $122.40 million $0.28 37.89
Aperam $5.05 billion 0.84 $361.00 million $4.29 11.53

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for SunCoke Energy and Aperam, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SunCoke Energy 0 0 3 0 3.00
Aperam 0 0 0 0 N/A

SunCoke Energy currently has a consensus target price of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 31.95%. Given SunCoke Energy’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe SunCoke Energy is more favorable than Aperam.

Summary

Aperam beats SunCoke Energy on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

SunCoke Energy Company Profile

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.

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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