Analyzing JSR Corp/ADR (JSCPY) & Luxfer (LXFR)

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Luxfer (NYSE:LXFR) and JSR Corp/ADR (OTCMKTS:JSCPY) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Luxfer and JSR Corp/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Luxfer 0 0 1 0 3.00
JSR Corp/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Luxfer currently has a consensus price target of $24.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.06%. Given Luxfer’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Luxfer is more favorable than JSR Corp/ADR.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.8% of Luxfer shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of JSR Corp/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Luxfer pays an annual dividend of $0.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. JSR Corp/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Luxfer pays out 13.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. JSR Corp/ADR pays out 12.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. JSR Corp/ADR is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Luxfer and JSR Corp/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Luxfer 4.51% 19.79% 8.28%
JSR Corp/ADR 7.37% 7.94% 5.10%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Luxfer and JSR Corp/ADR’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Luxfer $441.30 million 1.33 $11.50 million $0.95 23.38
JSR Corp/ADR $3.81 billion 0.88 $272.18 million $1.34 11.08

JSR Corp/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Luxfer. JSR Corp/ADR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Luxfer, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Luxfer has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, JSR Corp/ADR has a beta of 1.92, suggesting that its stock price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500.

About Luxfer

Luxfer Holdings PLC, a materials technology company, designs, manufactures, and supplies high-performance materials, components, and high-pressure gas-containment devices for transportation, defense and emergency response, healthcare, and general industrial applications in Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Gas Cylinders and Elektron. The Gas Cylinders segment manufactures and markets aluminum and composite cylinders and systems, which are used in self-contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers, alternative fuels, bulk gas transportation, specialty gases, medical, beverages, scuba, and aerospace applications under the Luxfer Gas Cylinders brand. This segment also designs and manufactures aluminum, titanium, and magnesium plates for use in aerospace, automotive, rail, and medical products under the Superform brand. The Elektron segment focuses on specialty materials based on magnesium, zirconium, and rare earths. It develops and manufactures magnesium alloys; magnesium powders; and magnesium, copper, and zinc photoengraving plates. This segment also develops and manufactures specialty zirconium products, including zirconium-based materials, zirconium oxides, fiber-optic fuel cells, and other products. The company was founded in 1898 and is based in Manchester, the United Kingdom.

About JSR Corp/ADR

JSR Corporation provides petrochemical products, and fine chemicals and other products in Japan and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Elastomers Business, Plastics Business, and Fine Chemicals and Other Products Business. The Elastomers Business segment offers general purpose synthetic rubbers, including emulsion polymerization styrene-butadiene (SB), solution polymerization SB, styrene, polybutadiene, and isoprene rubbers; special-purpose synthetic rubbers, such as nitrile, butyl, ethylene propylene, and NV and NE polymer blend rubbers; and thermoplastic elastomers comprising syndiotactic 1,2-polybutadiene, hydrogenated polymers, SB thermoplastic elastomers, styrene-isoprene thermoplastic elastomers, TPE compound products, etc. It also provides emulsion products consisting of paper coating latex, SB latex, acrylic emulsions, asphalt pavement modifiers, etc.; and performance chemicals, including high-functional dispersants, organic/inorganic hybrid coating materials, battery materials, and thermal management materials. The Plastics Business segment offers styrenic resins, such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene plastic and acrylonitrile-ethylene-propylene-styrene plastic products. The Fine Chemicals and Other Products Business segment provides semiconductor materials comprising lithography materials, chemical mechanical planarization materials, and packaging materials; display materials consisting of liquid crystal display and flat panel display materials; and optical materials, including precision and processing business materials. It also offers life sciences materials, such as in-vitro diagnostic and research reagents, and bioprocess materials; and lithium ion capacitors. JSR Corporation has collaboration with Aspect Biosystems to develop human liver tissue. The company was formerly known as Japan Synthetic Rubber Co., Ltd. JSR Corporation was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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