Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR) and Universal Stainless & Alloy Products (NASDAQ:USAP) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitabiliy, dividends, risk and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

Worthington Industries has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Stainless & Alloy Products has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

54.5% of Worthington Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.4% of Universal Stainless & Alloy Products shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.0% of Worthington Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of Universal Stainless & Alloy Products shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Worthington Industries and Universal Stainless & Alloy Products’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Worthington Industries $3.01 billion 1.05 $306.33 million N/A N/A
Universal Stainless & Alloy Products $163.71 million 0.87 $14.94 million ($0.57) -34.63

Worthington Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Universal Stainless & Alloy Products.

Dividends

Worthington Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Universal Stainless & Alloy Products does not pay a dividend. Universal Stainless & Alloy Products has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Worthington Industries and Universal Stainless & Alloy Products’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Worthington Industries 6.78% 20.59% 9.46%
Universal Stainless & Alloy Products -2.52% -2.03% -1.24%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Worthington Industries and Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Worthington Industries 0 3 0 0 2.00
Universal Stainless & Alloy Products 0 0 2 0 3.00

Worthington Industries currently has a consensus price target of $46.50, suggesting a potential downside of 7.87%. Universal Stainless & Alloy Products has a consensus price target of $19.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.75%. Given Universal Stainless & Alloy Products’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Universal Stainless & Alloy Products is more favorable than Worthington Industries.

Summary

Worthington Industries beats Universal Stainless & Alloy Products on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Worthington Industries Company Profile

Worthington Industries, Inc. is a metals manufacturing company, focused on value-added steel processing and manufactured metal products. The Company’s segments include Steel Processing, Pressure Cylinders, Engineered Cabs and Other. The Steel Processing segment buys coils of steel from integrated steel mills and mini-mills, and also toll processes steel for steel mills, end users, service centers and other processors. The Pressure Cylinders segment manufactures and sells filled and unfilled pressure cylinders, tanks, hand torches, and oil and gas equipment along with various accessories and related products for end use market applications. The Engineered Cabs is a non-captive designer and manufacturer of custom-engineered open and enclosed cabs and operator stations and custom fabrications for heavy mobile equipment used in the agricultural, construction, forestry, mining and military industries. The Other segment includes Construction Services and Worthington Energy Innovations.

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products Company Profile

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. manufactures and markets semi-finished and finished specialty steel products, including stainless steel, nickel alloys, tool steel and certain other alloyed steels. The Company’s manufacturing process involves melting, remelting, heat treating, hot and cold rolling, forging, machining and cold drawing of semi-finished and finished specialty steels. The Company also performs conversion services on materials supplied by customers. The Company’s manufacturing locations include Bridgeville and Titusville, Pennsylvania; Dunkirk, New York, and North Jackson, Ohio. The Company produce a range of specialty steel grades using several manufacturing processes, including argon oxygen decarburization (AOD), electro-slag remelted (ESR), vacuum induction melting (VIM) and vacuum-arc remelted (VAR). It manufactures its products within the product lines, including Stainless Steel, High-Strength Low Alloy Steel, Tool Steel and High-Temperature Alloy Steel.

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