Financial Comparison: Lsb Industries (LXU) vs. CVR Partners, (NYSE:UAN)

Lsb Industries (NYSE: LXU) and CVR Partners, (NYSE:UAN) are both small-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.6% of Lsb Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.5% of CVR Partners, shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.2% of Lsb Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Lsb Industries has a beta of 4.61, suggesting that its share price is 361% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CVR Partners, has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lsb Industries and CVR Partners,’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lsb Industries $398.96 million 0.79 -$906,000.00 $2.80 3.96
CVR Partners, $368.51 million 1.21 $81.38 million ($0.49) -8.00

CVR Partners, has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Lsb Industries. CVR Partners, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lsb Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

CVR Partners, pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Lsb Industries does not pay a dividend. CVR Partners, pays out -16.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Lsb Industries and CVR Partners,, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lsb Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
CVR Partners, 0 1 1 0 2.50

CVR Partners, has a consensus target price of $5.50, indicating a potential upside of 40.31%. Given CVR Partners,’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CVR Partners, is more favorable than Lsb Industries.

Profitability

This table compares Lsb Industries and CVR Partners,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lsb Industries 30.36% -3.66% -1.31%
CVR Partners, -14.98% -5.85% -2.80%

Summary

Lsb Industries beats CVR Partners, on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lsb Industries

LSB Industries, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the manufacture and sale of chemical products. The Company operates through chemical business segment. It is a manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen fertilizer and other nitrogen products in North America. Its principal nitrogen products are ammonia (AN), fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (high density ammonium nitrate prills used in the agricultural industry (HDAN)), urea ammonia nitrate (UAN), and AN solution for agricultural applications, high purity and commercial grade ammonia, high purity AN, sulfuric acids, concentrated, blended and regular nitric acid, mixed nitrating acids, carbon dioxide, and diesel exhaust fluid for industrial applications, and industrial grade AN (low density ammonium nitrate prills used in the mining industry (LDAN)) and 83% AN solution (AN solution) for the mining industry. Its customers include cooperatives and independent fertilizer distributors.

About CVR Partners,

CVR Partners, LP is a limited partnership formed by CVR Energy, Inc. (CVR Energy) to own, operate and grow its nitrogen fertilizer business. The Company produces and distributes nitrogen fertilizer products, which are used by farmers to manage the yield and quality of their crops. As of December 31, 2016, the Company produced its nitrogen fertilizer products at two manufacturing facilities, located in Coffeyville, Kansas and East Dubuque, Illinois. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s Coffeyville Facility included a 1,300 ton-per-day capacity ammonia unit, a 3,000 ton-per-day capacity urea-ammonium nitrate (UAN) unit, and a gasifier complex having a capacity of 89 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen. The gasifier is a dual-train facility, with each gasifier able to function independently of the other. The Coffeyville Facility utilizes a petroleum coke, or pet coke, gasification process to produce nitrogen fertilizer.

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