Canfor Pulp Products (OTCMKTS:CFPUF) and Veritiv (NYSE:VRTV) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Canfor Pulp Products and Veritiv, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Canfor Pulp Products 0 0 0 0 N/A
Veritiv 1 3 1 0 2.00

Veritiv has a consensus target price of $35.60, suggesting a potential upside of 12.80%. Given Veritiv’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Veritiv is more favorable than Canfor Pulp Products.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Canfor Pulp Products and Veritiv’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Canfor Pulp Products N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Veritiv $8.36 billion 0.06 -$13.30 million ($0.85) -37.13

Canfor Pulp Products has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Veritiv.

Profitability

This table compares Canfor Pulp Products and Veritiv’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Canfor Pulp Products N/A N/A N/A
Veritiv -0.15% 6.77% 1.37%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.1% of Veritiv shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Veritiv shares are held 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.

Summary

Veritiv beats Canfor Pulp Products on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Canfor Pulp Products Company Profile

Canfor Pulp Products Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and supplies pulp and paper products worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Pulp and Paper. It offers solid wood; bleached and unbleached softwood pulp; and bleached and unbleached kraft, and coloured kraft papers. The company also supplies fiber products; and produces green energy. The company was incorporated in 2010 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Canfor Pulp Products Inc. is a subsidiary of Canadian Forest Products Ltd.

Veritiv Company Profile

Veritiv Corporation operates as a business-to-business distributor of packaging, facility solutions, print, and publishing products and services in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It operates through four segments: Packaging, Facility Solutions, Print, and Publishing. The Packaging segment offers standard and custom packaging solutions. The Facility Solutions segment sources and sells cleaning, break-room, and other supplies, such as towels, tissues, wipers and dispensers, can liners, commercial cleaning chemicals, soaps and sanitizers, sanitary maintenance supplies and equipment, safety and hazard supplies, and shampoos and amenities. The Print segment sells and distributes commercial printing, writing, copying, digital, wide format, and specialty paper products; and graphics consumables and equipment. It also provides customized paper conversion services of commercial printing paper for distribution to document centers and form printers. The Publishing segment sells and distributes coated and uncoated commercial printing papers to publishers, retailers, converters, printers, and specialty businesses for use in magazines, catalogs, books, directories, gaming, couponing, retail inserts, and direct mail. This segment also provides print management, procurement, and supply chain management solutions. The company also offers logistics and supply chain management solutions. It offers its products under the Endurance, nordic+, Econosource, Comet, Starbrite Opaque Select, TUFflex, Reliable, and Spring Grove brands, as well as other brands to printers, publishers, data centers, manufacturers, higher education institutions, healthcare facilities, sporting and performance arenas, retail stores, government agencies, property managers, and building service contractors. As of March 1, 2018, the company operated 170 distribution centers. Veritiv Corporation was incorporated in 2013 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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