SunCoke Energy (NYSE: SXC) and Dynamic Materials Corp. (NASDAQ:BOOM) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for SunCoke Energy and Dynamic Materials Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SunCoke Energy 0 0 1 0 3.00
Dynamic Materials Corp. 0 0 1 0 3.00

SunCoke Energy currently has a consensus price target of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 26.29%. Dynamic Materials Corp. has a consensus price target of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 41.26%. Given Dynamic Materials Corp.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Dynamic Materials Corp. is more favorable than SunCoke Energy.

Dividends

Dynamic Materials Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. SunCoke Energy does not pay a dividend. Dynamic Materials Corp. pays out -14.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SunCoke Energy has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.2% of SunCoke Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.0% of Dynamic Materials Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of SunCoke Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.1% of Dynamic Materials Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SunCoke Energy $1.25 billion 0.45 $226.00 million N/A N/A
Dynamic Materials Corp. $162.88 million 1.22 $7.00 million ($0.57) -23.60

SunCoke Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Dynamic Materials Corp..

Volatility & Risk

SunCoke Energy has a beta of 1.24, suggesting that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dynamic Materials Corp. has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SunCoke Energy -0.01% 3.27% 0.90%
Dynamic Materials Corp. -5.01% -6.38% -4.39%

Summary

SunCoke Energy beats Dynamic Materials Corp. on 8 of the 13 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.

Dynamic Materials Corp. Company Profile

DMC Global Inc., formerly Dynamic Materials Corporation, is a diversified technology company. The Company operates a family of technical product and process businesses serving the energy, industrial and infrastructure markets. The Company’s businesses operate through an international network of manufacturing, distribution and sales facilities. The Company’s segments are NobelClad and DynaEnergetics. The NobelClad segment is engaged in the production of explosion-welded clad metal plates for use in the construction of corrosion resistant industrial processing equipment and specialized transition joints. The DynaEnergetics segment manufactures, markets and sells oilfield perforating equipment and explosives, including detonating cords, detonators, bi-directional boosters and shaped charges, and seismic related explosives and accessories. It owns explosive metalworking and metallic processes, and registered trademarks, including Detaclad, Detacouple, EFTEK, ETJ 2000 and NOBELCLAD.

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