Verso (VRS) vs. Its Competitors Financial Comparison

Verso (NYSE: VRS) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “PAPER” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Verso to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Verso and its peers’ 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 18.25% 10.77% 3.69%

Volatility and Risk

Verso has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Verso’s peers have a beta of 0.79, meaning that their average stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.2% of Verso shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of shares of all “PAPER” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.2% of Verso shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of shares of all “PAPER” companies are held 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Verso and its peers, 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 127 467 528 30 2.40

Verso presently has a consensus price target of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 55.98%. As a group, “PAPER” companies have a potential upside of 5.37%. Given Verso’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Verso is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Verso and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Verso $2.46 billion -$30.00 million -19.90
Verso Competitors $5.69 billion $1.15 billion 15.07

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

Summary

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

About Verso

Verso Corporation is a producer of coated papers, which are used in magazines, catalogs, advertising brochures and annual reports, among other media and marketing publications. The Company operates through two segments: paper and pulp. The Paper segment includes paper products, which are used in media and marketing applications, including catalogs, magazines, and commercial printing applications, such as advertising brochures, annual reports and direct-mail advertising. The Pulp segment includes pulp products, which are used to manufacture printing, writing, and specialty paper grades and tissue products. The Company produces a range of products, ranging from coated freesheet and coated groundwood, to inkjet and digital paper, supercalendered papers and uncoated freesheet. It also produces and sells market kraft pulp, which is used to manufacture printing and writing paper grades and tissue products. The Company also produces and sells Northern Bleached Hardwood Kraft (NBHK) pulp.

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