Allegheny Technologies (NYSE: ATI) and Global Brass and Copper (NYSE:BRSS) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Dividends

Global Brass and Copper pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Allegheny Technologies does not pay a dividend. Global Brass and Copper pays out 10.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.2% of Global Brass and Copper shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Allegheny Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Global Brass and Copper shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Allegheny Technologies and Global Brass and Copper’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Allegheny Technologies $3.13 billion 0.79 -$640.90 million ($0.78) -29.09
Global Brass and Copper $1.34 billion 0.56 $32.20 million $2.41 14.32

Global Brass and Copper has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Allegheny Technologies. Allegheny Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Global Brass and Copper, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Allegheny Technologies and Global Brass and Copper, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Allegheny Technologies 0 5 3 0 2.38
Global Brass and Copper 0 1 0 0 2.00

Allegheny Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $20.57, suggesting a potential downside of 9.34%. Given Allegheny Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Allegheny Technologies is more favorable than Global Brass and Copper.

Profitability

This table compares Allegheny Technologies and Global Brass and Copper’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Allegheny Technologies -2.45% 1.09% 0.31%
Global Brass and Copper 3.61% 47.75% 9.16%

Risk & Volatility

Allegheny Technologies has a beta of 2.39, suggesting that its stock price is 139% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Brass and Copper has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Allegheny Technologies Company Profile

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is a manufacturer of specialty materials and complex components. The Company operates through two business segments: High Performance Materials & Components (HPMC), and Flat Rolled Products (FRP). The HPMC segment produces, converts and distributes a range of materials, including titanium and titanium-based alloys, nickel- and cobalt-based alloys and superalloys, zirconium and related alloys, including hafnium and niobium, advanced powder alloys and other specialty materials, in long product forms, such as ingot, billet, bar, rod, wire, shapes and rectangles, and seamless tubes, plus precision forgings, castings, components and machined parts. The FRP segment produces, converts and distributes stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, specialty alloys, and titanium and titanium-based alloys, in a range of product forms, including plate, sheet, engineered strip, and Precision Rolled Strip products.

Global Brass and Copper Company Profile

Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. is a converter, fabricator, processor and distributor of specialized non-ferrous products, including a range of sheet, strip, foil, rod, tube and fabricated metal component products. The Company operates through three segments: Olin Brass, Chase Brass and A.J. Oster. Its Olin Brass segment is engaged in manufacturing, fabricating and converting specialized copper and brass sheet, strip, foil, tube and fabricated products. The Chase Brass segment is engaged in manufacturing brass rod, including round, hexagonal and other shapes. The A.J. Oster segment is engaged in processing and distributing copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip and foil, operating six service centers in the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Its products are used in a range of applications across markets, including the building and housing, munitions, automotive, transportation, coinage, industrial machinery and equipment, and general consumer end markets.

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