Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR) and AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Worthington Industries and AK Steel Holding Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Worthington Industries 6.79% 20.29% 9.32%
AK Steel Holding Corporation 1.88% 735.25% 6.22%

Risk & Volatility

Worthington Industries has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AK Steel Holding Corporation has a beta of 2.86, meaning that its stock price is 186% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Worthington Industries and AK Steel Holding Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Worthington Industries $3.01 billion 1.05 $306.33 million $3.16 15.76
AK Steel Holding Corporation $5.96 billion 0.28 $718.20 million $0.37 14.30

AK Steel Holding Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Worthington Industries. AK Steel Holding Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Worthington Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.0% of Worthington Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.9% of AK Steel Holding Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 31.3% of Worthington Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of AK Steel Holding Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Worthington Industries and AK Steel Holding Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Worthington Industries 0 3 0 0 2.00
AK Steel Holding Corporation 0 8 5 0 2.38

Worthington Industries presently has a consensus price target of $46.50, suggesting a potential downside of 6.65%. AK Steel Holding Corporation has a consensus price target of $8.22, suggesting a potential upside of 55.36%. Given AK Steel Holding Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe AK Steel Holding Corporation is more favorable than Worthington Industries.

Dividends

Worthington Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. AK Steel Holding Corporation does not pay a dividend. Worthington Industries pays out 25.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Worthington Industries has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

AK Steel Holding Corporation beats Worthington Industries on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Worthington Industries

Worthington Industries, Inc. is a metals manufacturing company, focused on value-added steel processing and manufactured metal products. The Company’s segments include Steel Processing, Pressure Cylinders, Engineered Cabs and Other. The Steel Processing segment buys coils of steel from integrated steel mills and mini-mills, and also toll processes steel for steel mills, end users, service centers and other processors. The Pressure Cylinders segment manufactures and sells filled and unfilled pressure cylinders, tanks, hand torches, and oil and gas equipment along with various accessories and related products for end use market applications. The Engineered Cabs is a non-captive designer and manufacturer of custom-engineered open and enclosed cabs and operator stations and custom fabrications for heavy mobile equipment used in the agricultural, construction, forestry, mining and military industries. The Other segment includes Construction Services and Worthington Energy Innovations.

About AK Steel Holding Corporation

AK Steel Holding Corporation is a producer of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, and tubular products through its subsidiary, AK Steel Corporation (AK Steel). The Company also operates blast furnaces and electric arc furnaces. As of December 31, 2016, its operations included eight steelmaking and finishing plants, two coke plants and two tube manufacturing plants across states, including Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and a tube manufacturing plant in Mexico. These operations produce flat-rolled carbon, specialty stainless and electrical steels that it sells in sheet and strip form, and carbon and stainless steel that it finishes into welded steel tubing. It also produces metallurgical coal through its subsidiary, AK Coal Resources, Inc. In addition, the Company operates trading companies in Mexico and Europe that buy and sell steel and steel products and other materials.

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