Lsb Industries (NYSE: LXU) and CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Lsb Industries and CF Industries Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lsb Industries 30.36% -3.66% -1.31%
CF Industries Holdings -8.77% 0.41% 0.18%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.6% of Lsb Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.2% of Lsb Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of CF Industries Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

CF Industries Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Lsb Industries does not pay a dividend. CF Industries Holdings pays out -85.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lsb Industries has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lsb Industries and CF Industries Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lsb Industries $398.96 million 0.83 -$906,000.00 $2.80 4.16
CF Industries Holdings $3.72 billion 1.93 $1.20 billion ($1.40) -22.01

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

Volatility & Risk

Lsb Industries has a beta of 4.61, meaning that its share price is 361% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CF Industries Holdings has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Lsb Industries and CF Industries Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lsb Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
CF Industries Holdings 2 5 5 0 2.25

CF Industries Holdings has a consensus target price of $30.09, suggesting a potential downside of 2.33%. Given CF Industries Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CF Industries Holdings is more favorable than Lsb Industries.

Summary

CF Industries Holdings beats Lsb Industries on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lsb Industries Company Profile

LSB Industries, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the manufacture and sale of chemical products. The Company operates through chemical business segment. It is a manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen fertilizer and other nitrogen products in North America. Its principal nitrogen products are ammonia (AN), fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (high density ammonium nitrate prills used in the agricultural industry (HDAN)), urea ammonia nitrate (UAN), and AN solution for agricultural applications, high purity and commercial grade ammonia, high purity AN, sulfuric acids, concentrated, blended and regular nitric acid, mixed nitrating acids, carbon dioxide, and diesel exhaust fluid for industrial applications, and industrial grade AN (low density ammonium nitrate prills used in the mining industry (LDAN)) and 83% AN solution (AN solution) for the mining industry. Its customers include cooperatives and independent fertilizer distributors.

CF Industries Holdings Company Profile

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizer, and other nitrogen products. The Company’s nitrogen fertilizer products are ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution (UAN) and ammonium nitrate (AN). Its other nitrogen products include diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), urea liquor, nitric acid and aqua ammonia, which are sold primarily to the Company’s industrial customers, and compound fertilizer products (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium or NPKs). The Company’s segments include ammonia, granular urea, UAN, AN and other. The Company’s ammonia segment produces anhydrous ammonia (ammonia), which is concentrated nitrogen fertilizer as it contains 82% nitrogen. The granular urea segment produces granular urea, which contains 46% nitrogen. The UAN segment produces urea ammonium nitrate solution. The Other segment includes DEF, urea liquor, nitric acid and NPKs. The Company’s primary nitrogen fertilizer products are ammonia, granular urea, UAN and AN.

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