Reviewing DS Smith (DITHF) and NIPPON Stl & SU/S (NSSMY)

DS Smith (OTCMKTS: DITHF) and NIPPON Stl & SU/S (OTCMKTS:NSSMY) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares DS Smith and NIPPON Stl & SU/S’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DS Smith $6.19 billion 1.16 $451.27 million $0.42 15.91
NIPPON Stl & SU/S $51.19 billion 0.35 $1.76 billion $2.08 9.13

NIPPON Stl & SU/S has higher revenue and earnings than DS Smith. NIPPON Stl & SU/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DS Smith, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of NIPPON Stl & SU/S shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for DS Smith and NIPPON Stl & SU/S, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DS Smith 0 0 0 0 N/A
NIPPON Stl & SU/S 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

NIPPON Stl & SU/S pays an annual dividend of $0.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. DS Smith does not pay a dividend. NIPPON Stl & SU/S pays out 23.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

DS Smith has a beta of -0.24, indicating that its share price is 124% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NIPPON Stl & SU/S has a beta of 1.42, indicating that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares DS Smith and NIPPON Stl & SU/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DS Smith N/A N/A N/A
NIPPON Stl & SU/S 3.44% 5.94% 2.72%

Summary

NIPPON Stl & SU/S beats DS Smith on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About DS Smith

DS Smith Plc designs and manufactures corrugated packaging and plastic packaging for consumer goods. It provides transit and transport, consumer, retail and shelf ready, online and e-retail, industrial, hazardous, multi-material, inserts and cushioning, and electrostatic discharge packaging products, as well as wrap arounds, trays, and bag-in-boxes; displays and promotional packaging products; corrugated pallets; Sheetfeeding products; packaging machine systems; and Sizzlepak, a stuffing material made of paper, folded in a zigzag shape, and cut into narrow strips, as well as provides packaging consultancy services. The company serves the food and drinks, consumer goods, industrial, e-commerce, e-retail, and converters markets. It also provides various recycling and waste management services, including paper, cardboard, mixed dry, and plastics recycling services; confidential security shredding services; organics and food products; general waste recycling and shredding services; zero waste solutions; and added value services to medium and large corporates, and small businesses in the retail, manufacturing, print and publishing, public, and automotive sectors. In addition, the company offers recycled corrugated case materials and specialty papers; offers related technical and supply chain services; and manufactures and sells flexible packaging and dispensing solutions, rigid packaging solutions, and foam and injection molded products for use in the beverage, automotive, pharmaceutical, fresh produce, construction, and retail industries. It has operations in the United Kingdom, Western Europe, Northern Europe, Central Europe, Italy, North America, Germany, and Switzerland. The company was formerly known as David S. Smith (Holdings) PLC and changed its name to DS Smith Plc in 2001. DS Smith Plc was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

About NIPPON Stl & SU/S

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation engages in steelmaking and steel fabrication businesses worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Steelmaking and Steel Fabrication, Engineering and Construction, Chemicals, New Materials, and System Solutions. It offers steel plates; steel sheets, such as hot-dip coated and electroplated steel sheets and coils, coated and color coated steel sheets, and electrolytic tin plates; bar and rod materials; and structural steel products. It also provides pipes and tubes; and railway, automotive, and construction and industrial machinery parts, including railway wheels, driving mechanisms, axles, couplers, bogie trucks, brake disks, control bogies, brake calipers, test equipment, crankshafts and front axles, aluminum wheels, permanent magnet retarders, die materials, mill rolls, circular forgings, forged products for power generation, and shape-memory alloys. In addition, it provides titanium products for use in automobiles, architecture, civil engineering and ocean development, aircraft, sports gears and consumer products, welded tubes, PHE, and chemical and electrolytic fields; stainless steel products, such as sheets and strips, shapes, plates, wire rods, clad steel sheets, nickel and nickel alloy products, and crystal series products; and steel slags. Further, it manufactures and markets industrial machinery and equipment; performs construction work under contract; and engages in waste processing and recycling activities, as well as in supplying electricity, gas, and heat. Additionally, it offers coal-based chemical products and petrochemicals, as well as electronic materials; and materials for semiconductors and electronic parts, carbon fiber and composite products, and products that apply technologies for metal processing and joining. It also provides computer systems engineering and consulting services; and IT-enabled outsourcing and other services. The company was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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