Contrasting Fibria (FBR) and The Competition

Fibria (NYSE: FBR) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “PAPER” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Fibria to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

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Fibria has a beta of -0.1, meaning that its share price is 110% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fibria’s peers have a beta of 0.79, meaning that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Fibria pays an annual dividend of $0.19 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Fibria pays out 30.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “PAPER” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 24.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Fibria lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Fibria and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fibria 1 5 1 0 2.00
Fibria Competitors 128 471 531 31 2.40

Fibria presently has a consensus target price of $16.25, suggesting a potential downside of 17.26%. As a group, “PAPER” companies have a potential upside of 11.68%. Given Fibria’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Fibria has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fibria and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Fibria $3.68 billion $339.90 million 31.68
Fibria Competitors $5.69 billion $1.15 billion 14.86

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fibria 9.38% 7.65% 2.91%
Fibria Competitors 18.25% 10.77% 3.69%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

7.3% of Fibria shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of shares of all “PAPER” companies are held by institutional investors. 40.2% of Fibria shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of shares of all “PAPER” companies are held by 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.

Summary

Fibria peers beat Fibria on 13 of the 15 factors compared.

Fibria Company Profile

Fibria Celulose S.A. produces, sells, and exports short fiber pulp in Brazil and internationally. It manufactures and sells bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp. The company has approximately 1,056,000 hectares of forest base in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Bahia. It also exports its products to approximately 35 countries for educational, health, hygiene, and cleaning products. The company was formerly known as Votorantim Celulose e Papel S.A. and changed its name to Fibria Celulose S.A. in November 2009. Fibria Celulose S.A. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil.

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