Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (NASDAQ: KALU) and Noranda Aluminum Holding (NYSE:NOR) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitabiliy, risk, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Noranda Aluminum Holding does not pay a dividend. Kaiser Aluminum Corporation pays out 35.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kaiser Aluminum Corporation and Noranda Aluminum Holding’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kaiser Aluminum Corporation $1.34 billion 1.10 $230.90 million $5.66 15.13
Noranda Aluminum Holding N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Noranda Aluminum Holding.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.0% of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Kaiser Aluminum Corporation and Noranda Aluminum Holding, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kaiser Aluminum Corporation 1 2 3 0 2.33
Noranda Aluminum Holding 0 0 0 0 N/A

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $91.67, indicating a potential upside of 7.02%. Given Kaiser Aluminum Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Kaiser Aluminum Corporation is more favorable than Noranda Aluminum Holding.

Profitability

This table compares Kaiser Aluminum Corporation and Noranda Aluminum Holding’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kaiser Aluminum Corporation 7.55% 10.73% 6.06%
Noranda Aluminum Holding N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation beats Noranda Aluminum Holding on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation Company Profile

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation manufactures and sells semi-fabricated specialty aluminum mill products. The Company operates in the Fabricated Products segment. The Company’s Fabricated Products segment focuses on producing rolled, extruded and drawn aluminum products used principally for aerospace and defense, automotive and general engineering products that include consumer durables, electronics, electrical and machinery and equipment applications. The Company offers its products for various end market applications, such as aerospace and high strength (Aero/HS products); automotive (Automotive Extrusions); general engineering (GE products), and other industrial (Other products). The Company’s fabricated aluminum mill products include flat-rolled (plate and sheet), extruded (rod, bar, hollows and shapes), drawn (rod, bar, pipe and tube) and cast aluminum products.

Noranda Aluminum Holding Company Profile

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation is a producer of primary aluminum, alumina, bauxite and rolled aluminum coils. The Company produces aluminum products in a range of forms, such as billet, rod, sow and foundry. The Company operates through five segments: Bauxite, Alumina, Primary Aluminum, Flat-Rolled Products and Corporate. The Company has two businesses: Upstream Business and Downstream Business. Its Upstream Business consists of three segments: Primary Aluminum, Alumina and Bauxite. The Primary segment consists of a smelter near New Madrid, Missouri (New Madrid). The Alumina segment consists of an alumina refinery near Gramercy, Louisiana (Gramercy). The Bauxite segment consists of a bauxite mining operation (St. Ann). Its Downstream Business consists of its Flat-Rolled Products segment, which is an aluminum foil producer in North America, and consists of approximately four rolling mills at approximately three facilities.

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