Critical Review: Wausau Paper Corp. (WPP) & Domtar Corporation (UFS)
Wausau Paper Corp. (NYSE: WPP) and Domtar Corporation (NYSE:UFS) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
91.5% of Domtar Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Domtar Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Wausau Paper Corp. and Domtar Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Wausau Paper Corp.||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Domtar Corporation has a consensus target price of $40.78, suggesting a potential upside of 2.30%. Given Domtar Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Domtar Corporation is more favorable than Wausau Paper Corp..
Domtar Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Wausau Paper Corp. does not pay a dividend. Domtar Corporation pays out 63.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Domtar Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.
This table compares Wausau Paper Corp. and Domtar Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Wausau Paper Corp.||1.79%||5.31%||1.52%|
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Wausau Paper Corp. and Domtar Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Wausau Paper Corp.||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Domtar Corporation||$5.07 billion||0.49||$619.00 million||$2.62||15.21|
Domtar Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Wausau Paper Corp..
Domtar Corporation beats Wausau Paper Corp. on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Wausau Paper Corp. Company Profile
Wausau Paper Corp. (Wausau Paper) manufactures, converts and sells a line of towel and tissue products. The Company’s products are marketed along with soap and dispensing systems for the commercial and industrial away-from-home market. Under the Wausau Paper trademark, towel and tissue products, made primarily from recycled material, are marketed under a number of brands including Alliance, Artisan, DublSoft, DublNature, EcoSoft, OptiCore and Revolution. These products include washroom roll and folded towels; tissue products; a variety of towel, tissue, and soap dispensers; industrial wipers; dairy towels; household roll towels, and other towel and tissue products. The Company also offers controlled-use dispensing systems for the away-from-home market. The Company’s products are primarily sold within the United States and Canada.
Domtar Corporation Company Profile
Domtar Corporation designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a range of fiber-based products, including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. The Company segments include Pulp and Paper and Personal Care. The Pulp and Paper segment consists of the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of communication, specialty and packaging papers, as well as softwood, fluff and hardwood market pulp. The Personal Care segment consists of the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of absorbent hygiene products. The Company is a marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America serving a range of customers, including merchants, retail outlets, stationers, printers, publishers, converters and end users. It is also a marketer and producer of a line of incontinence care products, as well as infant diapers. It has a network of wood fiber converting assets that produce paper grade, fluff and specialty pulp.
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