Verso (NYSE:VRS) vs. Its Competitors Head-To-Head Survey

Verso (NYSE: VRS) is one of 11 publicly-traded companies in the “Paper mills” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Verso to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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82.2% of Verso shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.2% of shares of all “Paper mills” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of Verso shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of shares of all “Paper mills” companies 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.

Volatility and Risk

Verso has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Verso’s rivals have a beta of 1.28, meaning that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Verso and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Verso 0 0 2 0 3.00
Verso Competitors 83 343 381 28 2.42

Verso currently has a consensus target price of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 57.16%. As a group, “Paper mills” companies have a potential upside of 4.82%. Given Verso’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Verso is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Verso and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Verso -1.22% -4.83% -1.61%
Verso Competitors 3.99% 10.84% 3.82%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Verso and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Verso $2.46 billion -$30.00 million -22.91
Verso Competitors $5.44 billion $372.21 million 14.72

Verso’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Verso. Verso is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Verso rivals beat Verso on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Verso Company Profile

Verso Corporation produces and sells coated papers in North America. It operates through two segments, Paper and Pulp. The company offers coated freesheet and coated groundwood, specialty, inkjet and digital, supercalendered, and uncoated freesheet papers; and northern bleached hardwood Kraft pulp to manufacture printing, writing, and specialty paper grades, as well as to manufacture tissue products. Its paper products are used primarily in media and marketing applications, including catalogs, magazines, and commercial printing applications, such as high-end advertising brochures, annual reports, and direct-mail advertising; and specialty applications comprising flexible packaging, and label and converting. The company was formerly known as Verso Paper Corp. and changed its name to Verso Corporation in January 2015. Verso Corporation was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio.

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