United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Steel” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare United States Steel Corporation to similar businesses based off the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

United States Steel Corporation has a beta of 2.88, meaning that its share price is 188% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United States Steel Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.37, meaning that their average share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

United States Steel Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. United States Steel Corporation pays out 125.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Steel” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 60.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. United States Steel Corporation lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares United States Steel Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
United States Steel Corporation $11.21 billion $838.00 million 168.50
United States Steel Corporation Competitors $7.77 billion $1.01 billion 34.41

United States Steel Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. United States Steel Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares United States Steel Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United States Steel Corporation 0.24% 6.50% 1.67%
United States Steel Corporation Competitors -1,550.91% 3.59% 2.20%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.4% of United States Steel Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.1% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of United States Steel Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for United States Steel Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United States Steel Corporation 3 6 8 0 2.29
United States Steel Corporation Competitors 328 956 1000 35 2.32

United States Steel Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $27.78, suggesting a potential upside of 3.04%. All “Steel” companies have a potential upside of 16.51%. Given United States Steel Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe United States Steel Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

United States Steel Corporation peers beat United States Steel Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About United States Steel Corporation

United States Steel Corporation is an integrated steel producer. The Company is engaged in producing flat-rolled and tubular products with production operations in North America and Europe. The Company operates through three segments: Flat-Rolled Products (Flat-Rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE) and Tubular Products (Tubular). The Flat-Rolled segment includes the operating results of its integrated steel plants and equity investees in the United States involved in the production of slabs, rounds, strip mill plates, sheets and tin mill products, as well as all iron ore and coke production facilities in the United States. The USSE segment includes the operating results of U. S. Steel Kosice (USSK) and its integrated steel plant and coke production facilities in Slovakia. The Tubular segment includes the operating results of its tubular production facilities, primarily in the United States and equity investees in the United States and Brazil.

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