Synalloy Corporation (NASDAQ: SYNL) and SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:SXCP) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Synalloy Corporation and SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Synalloy Corporation -1.54% 0.64% 0.38%
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. -9.52% 14.02% 5.44%

Risk and Volatility

Synalloy Corporation has a beta of 0.14, indicating that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Synalloy Corporation and SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Synalloy Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. 0 0 1 0 3.00

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. has a consensus price target of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.43%. Given SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. is more favorable than Synalloy Corporation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.6% of Synalloy Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.7% of SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.6% of Synalloy Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $2.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.2%. Synalloy Corporation does not pay a dividend. SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. pays out -127.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Synalloy Corporation and SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Synalloy Corporation $161.06 million 0.61 $7.35 million ($0.29) -38.79
SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. $800.00 million 0.97 $218.50 million ($1.87) -8.96

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

Summary

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. beats Synalloy Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Synalloy Corporation Company Profile

Synalloy Corporation is a chemical manufacturing company. The Company operates through two segments: the Metals Segment and the Specialty Chemicals Segment. The Company’s Metals Segment comprises three subsidiaries: Synalloy Metals, Inc., which owns Bristol Metals, LLC (BRISMET), located in Bristol, Tennessee; Palmer of Texas Tanks, Inc. (Palmer), located in Andrews, Texas; and Specialty Pipe & Tube, Inc. (Specialty), located in Mineral Ridge, Ohio and Houston, Texas. The Company’s Metals Segment manufactures stainless steel, other alloy pipe, storage solutions and separation equipment. The Company’s Specialty Chemicals segment consists of the Company’s subsidiary, Manufacturers Soap and Chemical Company (MS&C). The Specialty Chemicals Segment manufactures lubricants, surfactants, reaction intermediaries, sulfated fats and oils, and chemical tolling manufacturing resources.

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. Company Profile

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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