Critical Review: LSB Industries (LXU) versus Air Products & Chemicals (APD)

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LSB Industries (NYSE: LXU) and Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

LSB Industries has a beta of 4.39, suggesting that its share price is 339% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Air Products & Chemicals has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares LSB Industries and Air Products & Chemicals’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LSB Industries $427.50 million 0.36 -$29.21 million N/A N/A
Air Products & Chemicals $8.19 billion 4.37 $3.00 billion $6.31 25.89

Air Products & Chemicals has higher revenue and earnings than LSB Industries.

Dividends

Air Products & Chemicals pays an annual dividend of $4.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. LSB Industries does not pay a dividend. Air Products & Chemicals pays out 69.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Air Products & Chemicals has increased its dividend for 35 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares LSB Industries and Air Products & Chemicals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LSB Industries -7.12% -6.77% -2.50%
Air Products & Chemicals 13.13% 14.97% 8.34%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for LSB Industries and Air Products & Chemicals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LSB Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Air Products & Chemicals 0 3 13 0 2.81

Air Products & Chemicals has a consensus target price of $181.20, indicating a potential upside of 10.93%. Given Air Products & Chemicals’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Air Products & Chemicals is more favorable than LSB Industries.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.2% of LSB Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.9% of Air Products & Chemicals shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.6% of LSB Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Air Products & Chemicals shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Air Products & Chemicals beats LSB Industries on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

LSB Industries Company Profile

LSB Industries, Inc. manufactures and sells chemical products for the agricultural, mining, and industrial markets in the United States and internationally. The company provides nitrogen-based fertilizers, such as ammonia, fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (AN), and urea ammonia nitrate for fertilizer and fertilizer blends for corn and other crops, and NPK fertilizer blends applications. It also offers high purity and commercial grade ammonia, high purity AN, sulfuric acids, mixed nitrating acids, carbon dioxide, and diesel exhaust fluids, as well as concentrated, blended, and regular nitric acids for semi-conductor and polyurethane intermediates; pulp and paper, alum, water treatment, metals, and vanadium processing; power plant emissions abatement, water treatment, refrigerants, and metals processing; and exhaust stream additives applications. In addition, the company provides industrial grade AN, AN solutions, and specialty HDAN solutions for the specialty emulsions for mining, surface mining, quarries, and construction applications. LSB Industries, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Air Products & Chemicals Company Profile

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, electronics and performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. The company produces atmospheric gases, including oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases; process gases, such as hydrogen, helium, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, syngas, and specialty gases; and equipment for the production or processing of gases comprising air separation units and non-cryogenic generators for customers in various industries, including metals, glass, chemical processing, electronics, energy production and refining, food processing, metallurgical, medical, and general manufacturing. It also designs and manufactures equipment for air separation, hydrocarbon recovery and purification, natural gas liquefaction, and liquid helium and liquid hydrogen transport and storage. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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