Contrasting Southern Copper (SCCO) and Its Competitors

Southern Copper (NYSE: SCCO) is one of 138 public companies in the “METALS-NON FERR” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Southern Copper to related companies based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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6.9% of Southern Copper shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.6% of shares of all “METALS-NON FERR” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Southern Copper shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.8% of shares of all “METALS-NON FERR” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Southern Copper pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Southern Copper pays out 77.9% 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, “METALS-NON FERR” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.8% and pay out 91.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Southern Copper and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Southern Copper 10.95% 11.57% 5.33%
Southern Copper Competitors -163.63% -11.24% 0.56%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Southern Copper and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Southern Copper $6.65 billion $728.50 million 34.71
Southern Copper Competitors $5.77 billion $452.37 million -9.31

Southern Copper has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Southern Copper is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Southern Copper has a beta of 0.48, indicating that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Southern Copper’s competitors have a beta of 2.90, indicating that their average share price is 190% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Southern Copper and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Southern Copper 2 3 3 0 2.13
Southern Copper Competitors 1027 3510 3709 164 2.36

Southern Copper currently has a consensus target price of $45.40, indicating a potential downside of 15.08%. As a group, “METALS-NON FERR” companies have a potential upside of 19.09%. Given Southern Copper’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Southern Copper has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Southern Copper competitors beat Southern Copper on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Southern Copper

Southern Copper Corporation is an integrated copper producer. It produces copper and, in the production process, obtains several by-products, including molybdenum, silver, zinc, sulfuric acid and other metals. Its segments include the Peruvian operations, the Mexican open-pit operations and the Mexican underground mining operations segment identified as the IMMSA unit. The Peruvian operations segment includes the Toquepala and Cuajone mine complexes, and the smelting and refining plants, including a metals plant industrial railroad and port facilities that service both mines. The Mexican open-pit operations segment includes the La Caridad and Buenavista mine complexes, and the smelting and refining plants, including a metals plant and a copper rod plant, and support facilities that service both mines. As of December 31, 2016, the Mexican underground mining operations segment included five underground mines that produce zinc, copper, silver and gold, a coal mine and a zinc refinery.

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