AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS) and Schnitzer Steel Industries (NASDAQ:SCHN) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

Profitability

This table compares AK Steel Holding Corporation and Schnitzer Steel Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AK Steel Holding Corporation 1.88% 735.25% 6.22%
Schnitzer Steel Industries 2.68% 8.34% 4.65%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares AK Steel Holding Corporation and Schnitzer Steel Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AK Steel Holding Corporation $5.96 billion 0.30 $718.20 million $0.37 15.43
Schnitzer Steel Industries $1.58 billion 0.49 $90.43 million $1.53 18.50

AK Steel Holding Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Schnitzer Steel Industries. AK Steel Holding Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Schnitzer Steel Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

AK Steel Holding Corporation has a beta of 2.91, meaning that its stock price is 191% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Schnitzer Steel Industries has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for AK Steel Holding Corporation and Schnitzer Steel Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AK Steel Holding Corporation 0 9 5 0 2.36
Schnitzer Steel Industries 0 2 0 0 2.00

AK Steel Holding Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $8.21, indicating a potential upside of 43.80%. Schnitzer Steel Industries has a consensus target price of $26.00, indicating a potential downside of 8.13%. Given AK Steel Holding Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe AK Steel Holding Corporation is more favorable than Schnitzer Steel Industries.

Dividends

Schnitzer Steel Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. AK Steel Holding Corporation does not pay a dividend. Schnitzer Steel Industries pays out 49.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.1% of AK Steel Holding Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.4% of Schnitzer Steel Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of AK Steel Holding Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.8% of Schnitzer Steel Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

AK Steel Holding Corporation beats Schnitzer Steel Industries on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

AK Steel Holding Corporation Company Profile

AK Steel Holding Corporation is a producer of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, and tubular products through its subsidiary, AK Steel Corporation (AK Steel). The Company also operates blast furnaces and electric arc furnaces. As of December 31, 2016, its operations included eight steelmaking and finishing plants, two coke plants and two tube manufacturing plants across states, including Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and a tube manufacturing plant in Mexico. These operations produce flat-rolled carbon, specialty stainless and electrical steels that it sells in sheet and strip form, and carbon and stainless steel that it finishes into welded steel tubing. It also produces metallurgical coal through its subsidiary, AK Coal Resources, Inc. In addition, the Company operates trading companies in Mexico and Europe that buy and sell steel and steel products and other materials.

Schnitzer Steel Industries Company Profile

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is a recycler of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal, including end-of-life vehicles, and a manufacturer of finished steel products. The Company operates through two segments: the Auto and Metals Recycling (AMR) business and the Steel Manufacturing Business (SMB). The AMR segment collects and recycles auto bodies, rail cars, home appliances, industrial machinery, manufacturing scrap and construction and demolition scrap from bridges, buildings and other infrastructure. AMR’s primary products include recycled ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal. The SMB segment produces finished steel products such as rebar, wire rod, coiled rebar, merchant bar and other specialty products using 100% recycled metal sourced from AMR. SMB’s products are primarily used in nonresidential and infrastructure construction in North America. SMB operates a steel mini-mill in McMinnville, Oregon that produces finished steel products using recycled metal and other raw materials.

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