Aperam (OTCMKTS: APEMY) is one of 22 public companies in the “Blast furnaces & steel mills” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Aperam to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

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This table compares Aperam and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aperam 7.15% 11.99% 6.37%
Aperam Competitors 4.25% 10.74% 3.42%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aperam and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Aperam $5.05 billion $361.00 million 11.53
Aperam Competitors $12.33 billion $652.37 million 15.69

Aperam’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Aperam. Aperam is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Aperam and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aperam 0 0 0 0 N/A
Aperam Competitors 306 907 1078 54 2.38

As a group, “Blast furnaces & steel mills” companies have a potential upside of 10.72%. Given Aperam’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aperam has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Aperam has a beta of 2.23, suggesting that its share price is 123% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aperam’s peers have a beta of 1.39, suggesting that their average share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Aperam pays an annual dividend of $1.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Aperam pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Blast furnaces & steel mills” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 40.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Aperam is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Aperam shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.2% of shares of all “Blast furnaces & steel mills” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.0% of shares of all “Blast furnaces & steel mills” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About Aperam

Aperam S.A., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells stainless and specialty steel products worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Stainless & Electrical Steel; Services & Solutions; and Alloys & Specialties. It offers stainless steel and electrical steel products, including grain oriented, non-grain oriented, and non-grain oriented semi-processed steel products. The company is also involved in the distribution operations; and the provision of value added and customized steel solutions. In addition, it designs, produces, and transforms nickel alloys and other specific stainless steels in various forms, such as bars, semis, cold-rolled strips, wire and wire rods, and plates. The company serves customers in aerospace, automotive, catering, construction, household appliances and electrical engineering, industrial processes, medical, and oil and gas industries. It distributes its products through a network of service centers, transformation facilities, and sales offices. Aperam S.A. was incorporated in 2010 and is headquartered in Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

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