Critical Comparison: LSB Industries (LXU) vs. Its Competitors

LSB Industries (NYSE: LXU) is one of 59 publicly-traded companies in the “CONGLOMERATES” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare LSB Industries to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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61.4% of LSB Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.7% of shares of all “CONGLOMERATES” companies are owned by institutional investors. 25.8% of LSB Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.4% of shares of all “CONGLOMERATES” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares LSB Industries and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
LSB Industries $427.50 million -$29.21 million -2.77
LSB Industries Competitors $20.25 billion $854.14 million 0.67

LSB Industries’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than LSB Industries. LSB Industries 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 Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for LSB Industries and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LSB Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
LSB Industries Competitors 215 892 1555 41 2.53

As a group, “CONGLOMERATES” companies have a potential upside of 18.43%. Given LSB Industries’ peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe LSB Industries has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LSB Industries -6.83% -6.65% -2.49%
LSB Industries Competitors -3,063.78% -70.93% -49.66%

Risk & Volatility

LSB Industries has a beta of 4.27, meaning that its share price is 327% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LSB Industries’ peers have a beta of -2.59, meaning that their average share price is 359% less volatile than the S&P 500.

LSB Industries Company Profile

LSB Industries, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the manufacture and sale of chemical products. The Company operates through chemical business segment. It is a manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen fertilizer and other nitrogen products in North America. Its principal nitrogen products are ammonia (AN), fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (high density ammonium nitrate prills used in the agricultural industry (HDAN)), urea ammonia nitrate (UAN), and AN solution for agricultural applications, high purity and commercial grade ammonia, high purity AN, sulfuric acids, concentrated, blended and regular nitric acid, mixed nitrating acids, carbon dioxide, and diesel exhaust fluid for industrial applications, and industrial grade AN (low density ammonium nitrate prills used in the mining industry (LDAN)) and 83% AN solution (AN solution) for the mining industry. Its customers include cooperatives and independent fertilizer distributors.

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