SunCoke Energy (NYSE: SXC) is one of 27 public companies in the “Steel” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare SunCoke Energy to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.2% of SunCoke Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.2% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of SunCoke Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
SunCoke Energy $1.22 billion $14.40 million 134.13
SunCoke Energy Competitors $8.95 billion $160.56 million -69.91

SunCoke Energy’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than SunCoke Energy. SunCoke Energy 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.

Volatility & Risk

SunCoke Energy has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SunCoke Energy’s peers have a beta of 1.41, meaning that their average share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for SunCoke Energy and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SunCoke Energy 0 0 1 0 3.00
SunCoke Energy Competitors 290 837 945 30 2.34

As a group, “Steel” companies have a potential upside of 12.38%. Given SunCoke Energy’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SunCoke Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SunCoke Energy 0.42% 4.60% 1.21%
SunCoke Energy Competitors -985.85% 2.00% 2.20%

Summary

SunCoke Energy peers beat SunCoke Energy on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About SunCoke Energy

SunCoke Energy, Inc. is a producer of coke in the Americas. The Company’s segments include Domestic Coke, Brazil Coke, Coal Logistics, and Corporate and Other. The Domestic Coke segment consists of its Jewell Coke Company, L.P. (Jewell), Indiana Harbor Coke Company (Indiana Harbor), Haverhill Coke Company LLC (Haverhill), Gateway Energy and Coke Company, LLC (Granite City) and Middletown Coke Company, LLC (Middletown) cokemaking and heat recovery operations. The Brazil Coke segment consists of its operations in Vitoria, Brazil, where the Company operate a cokemaking facility, ArcelorMittal Brasil S.A. The Coal Logistics segment consists of its Convent Marine Terminal (CMT), Kanawha River Terminals, LLC (KRT), SunCoke Lake Terminal, LLC (Lake Terminal) and Dismal River Terminal, LLC (DRT) coal handling and/or mixing service operations. It designs, develops, builds, owns and operates five cokemaking facilities in the United States, as of December 31, 2016.

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