Critical Survey: Clearwater Paper (CLW) vs. Its Rivals

Clearwater Paper (NYSE: CLW) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “PAPER” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Clearwater Paper to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

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Clearwater Paper has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clearwater Paper’s competitors have a beta of 0.79, meaning that their average stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.6% of Clearwater Paper shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of shares of all “PAPER” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Clearwater Paper shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of shares of all “PAPER” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Clearwater Paper and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearwater Paper 0 2 1 0 2.33
Clearwater Paper Competitors 128 471 531 31 2.40

Clearwater Paper currently has a consensus price target of $43.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.22%. As a group, “PAPER” companies have a potential upside of 12.32%. Given Clearwater Paper’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Clearwater Paper is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Clearwater Paper and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearwater Paper $1.73 billion $97.33 million 6.31
Clearwater Paper Competitors $5.69 billion $1.15 billion 14.71

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

Profitability

This table compares Clearwater Paper and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearwater Paper 5.63% 7.12% 2.09%
Clearwater Paper Competitors 18.25% 10.77% 3.69%

Summary

Clearwater Paper competitors beat Clearwater Paper on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Clearwater Paper

Clearwater Paper Corporation manufactures consumer tissue, away-from-home (AFH) tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer Products segment, and Pulp and Paperboard segment. The Company’s Consumer Products segment manufactures and sells a line of at-home tissue products, as well as AFH products. The Company’s Pulp and Paperboard segment manufactures and markets bleached paperboard for the packaging industry. It is a producer of solid bleach sulfate (SBS) paperboard. The Company is a supplier of private label tissue to a range of retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the Company produces bleached paperboard used by printers and packaging converters, and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting and cutting.

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