U.S. Silica (SLCA) versus Its Peers Financial Survey

U.S. Silica (NYSE: SLCA) is one of 21 public companies in the “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare U.S. Silica to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Dividends

U.S. Silica pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. U.S. Silica pays out 16.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 46.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

U.S. Silica has a beta of 2.3, suggesting that its stock price is 130% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, U.S. Silica’s rivals have a beta of 0.67, suggesting that their average stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares U.S. Silica and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
U.S. Silica $1.24 billion $145.20 million 18.49
U.S. Silica Competitors $1.87 billion $260.64 million 15.04

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.2% of U.S. Silica shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.9% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of U.S. Silica shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.1% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares U.S. Silica and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
U.S. Silica 11.70% 9.32% 5.60%
U.S. Silica Competitors 8.93% 9.40% 4.85%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for U.S. Silica and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
U.S. Silica 1 3 16 0 2.75
U.S. Silica Competitors 193 710 870 28 2.41

U.S. Silica presently has a consensus price target of $41.90, indicating a potential upside of 51.10%. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies have a potential upside of 18.38%. Given U.S. Silica’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe U.S. Silica is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

U.S. Silica beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

U.S. Silica Company Profile

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. is a domestic producer of commercial silica, a specialized mineral that is an input into a range of end markets. The Company operates in two segments: Oil & Gas Proppants, and Industrial & Specialty Products. In the Oil & Gas Proppants segment, it serves the oil and gas recovery market providing fracturing sand, or frac sand, which is pumped down oil and natural gas wells to prop open rock fissures and manage the flow rate of natural gas and oil from the wells. As of December 31, 2016, the Industrial & Specialty Products segment consisted of over 215 products and materials, which are used in a range of industries, including container glass, fiberglass, specialty glass, flat glass, building products, fillers and extenders, foundry products, chemicals, recreation products and filtration products. It produces and sells a range of commercial silica products, including whole grain and ground products, as well as other industrial mineral products.

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