Boise (NYSE: BZ) and Domtar Corporation (NYSE:UFS) are both paper products – nec companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Domtar Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Boise does not pay a dividend. Domtar Corporation pays out 59.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Domtar Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.7% of Domtar Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Domtar Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Boise and Domtar Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Boise N/A N/A N/A $0.14 N/A
Domtar Corporation $5.10 billion 0.57 $128.00 million $2.79 16.49

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Boise and Domtar Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boise 0 0 0 0 N/A
Domtar Corporation 3 5 3 0 2.00

Domtar Corporation has a consensus target price of $42.44, suggesting a potential downside of 7.73%.

Profitability

This table compares Boise and Domtar Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boise N/A N/A N/A
Domtar Corporation 3.44% 6.17% 2.99%

Summary

Domtar Corporation beats Boise on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Boise

Boise Inc. is a manufacturer of packaging and paper products, including corrugated containers and sheets, containerboard, protective packaging products, imaging papers for the office and home, printing and converting papers, label and release papers, newsprint and market pulp. The Company operates in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. The Company operates in three segments: Packaging, Paper, and Corporate and Other. The Company’s newsprint is sold primarily to newspaper publishers in the southern and southwestern the United States. During the year ended December 31, 2012, approximately 38% of the Company’s uncoated freesheet paper was sold to OfficeMax Incorporated, its customer. In October 2013, Packaging Corporation of America acquired Boise Inc.

About Domtar Corporation

Domtar Corporation designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a range of fiber-based products, including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. The Company segments include Pulp and Paper and Personal Care. The Pulp and Paper segment consists of the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of communication, specialty and packaging papers, as well as softwood, fluff and hardwood market pulp. The Personal Care segment consists of the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of absorbent hygiene products. The Company is a marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America serving a range of customers, including merchants, retail outlets, stationers, printers, publishers, converters and end users. It is also a marketer and producer of a line of incontinence care products, as well as infant diapers. It has a network of wood fiber converting assets that produce paper grade, fluff and specialty pulp.

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