Financial Review: Kobe Steel (KBSTY) and The Competition

Kobe Steel (OTCMKTS: KBSTY) is one of 61 publicly-traded companies in the “STEEL” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Kobe Steel to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

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This table compares Kobe Steel and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kobe Steel 3.73% 3.47% 1.11%
Kobe Steel Competitors -546.22% 10.40% 6.32%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kobe Steel and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kobe Steel $15.69 billion -$214.31 million 5.62
Kobe Steel Competitors $9.96 billion $425.72 million -6.21

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

Volatility & Risk

Kobe Steel has a beta of 1.44, suggesting that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kobe Steel’s competitors have a beta of 1.72, suggesting that their average share price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Kobe Steel shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.9% of shares of all “STEEL” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.3% of shares of all “STEEL” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Kobe Steel and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kobe Steel 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kobe Steel Competitors 438 1404 1487 70 2.35

As a group, “STEEL” companies have a potential upside of 14.34%. Given Kobe Steel’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Kobe Steel has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Kobe Steel competitors beat Kobe Steel on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

Kobe Steel Company Profile

Kobe Steel, Ltd. is a steel manufacturer. The Company operates in eight business segments. The Iron and Steel segment manufactures and sells steel bars, stainless-steel products and titanium products. The Welding segment offers welding materials, welding robots, and conducts welding-related consulting business. The Aluminum and Copper segment offers rolled aluminum products, rolled copper products, aluminum alloy products, magnesium alloy products and others. The Machinery segment manufactures and sells various energy, chemical and nuclear power-related equipment, tire and rubber machine, resin equipment and others. The Engineering segment conducts engineering works and provides new transportation systems, disaster prevention products, chemical and food related equipment, among others. The Construction Machinery segment offers hydraulic and mini excavators, among others. The Electricity provides electricity. The Others segment operates real estate related business and others.

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