Verso (NYSE: VRS) is one of 22 public companies in the “PAPER” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Verso to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and earnings.
This table compares Verso and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
82.2% of Verso shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of shares of all “PAPER” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of Verso shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of shares of all “PAPER” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Verso and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Verso||$2.46 billion||-$30.00 million||-18.06|
|Verso Competitors||$5.69 billion||$1.15 billion||14.90|
Verso’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Verso. Verso is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Verso and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Verso currently has a consensus price target of $27.00, suggesting a potential upside of 71.87%. As a group, “PAPER” companies have a potential upside of 6.41%. Given Verso’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Verso is more favorable than its rivals.
Volatility & Risk
Verso has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Verso’s rivals have a beta of 0.79, indicating that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Verso rivals beat Verso on 8 of the 13 factors compared.
Verso Corporation is a producer of coated papers, which are used in magazines, catalogs, advertising brochures and annual reports, among other media and marketing publications. The Company operates through two segments: paper and pulp. The Paper segment includes paper products, which are used in media and marketing applications, including catalogs, magazines, and commercial printing applications, such as advertising brochures, annual reports and direct-mail advertising. The Pulp segment includes pulp products, which are used to manufacture printing, writing, and specialty paper grades and tissue products. The Company produces a range of products, ranging from coated freesheet and coated groundwood, to inkjet and digital paper, supercalendered papers and uncoated freesheet. It also produces and sells market kraft pulp, which is used to manufacture printing and writing paper grades and tissue products. The Company also produces and sells Northern Bleached Hardwood Kraft (NBHK) pulp.
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