United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) is one of 28 public companies in the “Steel” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare United States Steel Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.0% of United States Steel Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.1% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of United States Steel Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.6% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

United States Steel Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. United States Steel Corporation pays out 125.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Steel” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 60.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. United States Steel Corporation lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares United States Steel Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United States Steel Corporation 0.24% 6.50% 1.67%
United States Steel Corporation Competitors -1,550.91% 3.59% 2.20%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for United States Steel Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United States Steel Corporation 4 5 8 0 2.24
United States Steel Corporation Competitors 331 974 1016 37 2.32

United States Steel Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $27.66, suggesting a potential upside of 5.07%. As a group, “Steel” companies have a potential upside of 5.86%. Given United States Steel Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe United States Steel Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Risk and Volatility

United States Steel Corporation has a beta of 2.89, indicating that its share price is 189% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United States Steel Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.37, indicating that their average share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares United States Steel Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
United States Steel Corporation $11.21 billion $838.00 million 164.50
United States Steel Corporation Competitors $7.78 billion $1.01 billion 35.65

United States Steel Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. United States Steel Corporation 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.

Summary

United States Steel Corporation rivals beat United States Steel Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About United States Steel Corporation

United States Steel Corporation is an integrated steel producer. The Company is engaged in producing flat-rolled and tubular products with production operations in North America and Europe. The Company operates through three segments: Flat-Rolled Products (Flat-Rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE) and Tubular Products (Tubular). The Flat-Rolled segment includes the operating results of its integrated steel plants and equity investees in the United States involved in the production of slabs, rounds, strip mill plates, sheets and tin mill products, as well as all iron ore and coke production facilities in the United States. The USSE segment includes the operating results of U. S. Steel Kosice (USSK) and its integrated steel plant and coke production facilities in Slovakia. The Tubular segment includes the operating results of its tubular production facilities, primarily in the United States and equity investees in the United States and Brazil.

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