SunCoke Energy (NYSE: SXC) and L.B. Foster (NASDAQ:FSTR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SunCoke Energy and L.B. Foster’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SunCoke Energy $1.25 billion 0.44 $226.00 million N/A N/A
L.B. Foster $263.56 million 0.80 $15.71 million ($4.49) -4.53

SunCoke Energy has higher revenue and earnings than L.B. Foster.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.2% of SunCoke Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.1% of L.B. Foster shares are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of SunCoke Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.2% of L.B. Foster shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares SunCoke Energy and L.B. Foster’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SunCoke Energy -0.01% 3.27% 0.90%
L.B. Foster -9.83% -27.82% -10.07%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for SunCoke Energy and L.B. Foster, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SunCoke Energy 0 0 1 0 3.00
L.B. Foster 0 0 0 0 N/A

SunCoke Energy presently has a consensus target price of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 27.61%. Given SunCoke Energy’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe SunCoke Energy is more favorable than L.B. Foster.

Risk & Volatility

SunCoke Energy has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, L.B. Foster has a beta of 2.21, meaning that its share price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

SunCoke Energy beats L.B. Foster on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SunCoke Energy

SunCoke Energy, Inc. is a producer of coke in the Americas. The Company’s segments include Domestic Coke, Brazil Coke, Coal Logistics, and Corporate and Other. The Domestic Coke segment consists of its Jewell Coke Company, L.P. (Jewell), Indiana Harbor Coke Company (Indiana Harbor), Haverhill Coke Company LLC (Haverhill), Gateway Energy and Coke Company, LLC (Granite City) and Middletown Coke Company, LLC (Middletown) cokemaking and heat recovery operations. The Brazil Coke segment consists of its operations in Vitoria, Brazil, where the Company operate a cokemaking facility, ArcelorMittal Brasil S.A. The Coal Logistics segment consists of its Convent Marine Terminal (CMT), Kanawha River Terminals, LLC (KRT), SunCoke Lake Terminal, LLC (Lake Terminal) and Dismal River Terminal, LLC (DRT) coal handling and/or mixing service operations. It designs, develops, builds, owns and operates five cokemaking facilities in the United States, as of December 31, 2016.

About L.B. Foster

L.B. Foster Company is a manufacturer, fabricator and distributor of products and services for the rail, construction, energy and utility markets. The Company’s segments include Rail Products and Services, Construction Products, and Tubular and Energy Services. Its Rail Products segment provides a range of new and used rail, trackwork and accessories to railroads, mines and industry. The Rail segment designs and produces concrete railroad ties, insulated rail joints, power rail, track fasteners, coverboards and special accessories for mass transit and other rail systems. The Construction Products segment sells and rents steel sheet piling, H-bearing pile and other piling products for foundation and earth retention requirements. The Tubular and Energy Services segment supplies pipe coatings for natural gas pipelines and utilities, blending, injection and metering equipment for the oil and gas market, and produces threaded pipe products for industrial water well and irrigation markets.

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