Head-To-Head Analysis: Ube Industries (UBEOY) & Koppers (KOP)

Ube Industries (OTCMKTS: UBEOY) and Koppers (NYSE:KOP) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Ube Industries and Koppers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ube Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Koppers 0 1 4 0 2.80

Koppers has a consensus target price of $48.60, indicating a potential upside of 17.68%. Given Koppers’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Koppers is more favorable than Ube Industries.

Profitability

This table compares Ube Industries and Koppers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ube Industries N/A N/A N/A
Koppers 1.97% 94.85% 6.93%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ube Industries and Koppers’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ube Industries $5.70 billion 0.55 $281.43 million $1.33 11.16
Koppers $1.48 billion 0.58 $29.10 million $1.30 31.77

Ube Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Koppers. Ube Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Koppers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Ube Industries has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Koppers has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.9% of Koppers shares are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Koppers shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Koppers beats Ube Industries on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Koppers Company Profile

Koppers Holdings Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides treated wood products, wood treatment chemicals, and carbon compounds in the United States and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Railroad and Utility Products and Services (RUPS), Performance Chemicals (PC), and Carbon Materials and Chemicals (CMC). The RUPS segment procures and treats crossties, switch ties, and various types of lumber used for railroad bridges and crossings. It also provides rail joint bars to join rails together for railroads; transmission and distribution poles for electric and telephone utilities; and pilings. This segment also provides railroad services, such as engineering, design, repair, and inspection services for railroad bridges. The Performance Chemicals segment develops, manufactures, and markets water-based wood preservatives and wood specialty additives, including micronized copper quaternary and micronized copper azole, micronized pigments, alkaline copper quaternary, amine copper azole, and chromated copper arsenate for decking, fencing, utility poles, construction lumber and timbers, and vineyard stakes. The CMC segment manufactures creosote for use in the treatment of wood or as a feedstock in the production of carbon black; carbon pitch, a raw material used in the production of aluminum and steel; naphthalene for use as a feedstock in the production of phthalic anhydride and as a surfactant in the production of concrete; phthalic anhydride for the production of plasticizers, polyester resins, and alkyd paints; and carbon black feedstock for use in the production of carbon black. The company serves the railroad, specialty chemical, utility, residential lumber, agriculture, aluminum, steel, rubber, and construction industries. Koppers Holdings Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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