Reviewing Fibria Celulose (NYSE:FBR) & Suzano (NYSE:SUZ)

Fibria Celulose (NYSE:FBR) and Suzano (NYSE:SUZ) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Fibria Celulose and Suzano, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fibria Celulose 0 2 0 0 2.00
Suzano 0 1 0 0 2.00



Fibria Celulose presently has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential downside of 68.07%. Given Fibria Celulose’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Fibria Celulose is more favorable than Suzano.

Profitability

This table compares Fibria Celulose and Suzano’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fibria Celulose 11.40% 11.52% 4.40%
Suzano N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Fibria Celulose and Suzano’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fibria Celulose $3.68 billion 10.37 $339.90 million $0.61 112.95
Suzano $3.68 billion 2.31 $87.47 million N/A N/A

Fibria Celulose has higher revenue and earnings than Suzano.

Dividends

Fibria Celulose pays an annual dividend of $1.41 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Suzano pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Fibria Celulose pays out 231.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Fibria Celulose has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Fibria Celulose is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.3% of Fibria Celulose shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.0% of Suzano shares are owned by institutional investors. 40.2% of Fibria Celulose shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Fibria Celulose beats Suzano on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fibria Celulose

Fibria Celulose S.A. produces, sells, and exports short fiber pulp in Brazil and internationally. It manufactures and sells bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp. The company has approximately 1,056,000 hectares of forest base in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Bahia. It also exports its products to approximately 35 countries for educational, health, hygiene, and cleaning products. The company was formerly known as Votorantim Celulose e Papel S.A. and changed its name to Fibria Celulose S.A. in November 2009. Fibria Celulose S.A. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil.

About Suzano

Suzano S.A. produces and sells eucalyptus pulp and paper products in Brazil and internationally. The company offers coated and uncoated printing and writing papers, paperboards, tissue paper, market pulp, and fluff pulp; and lignin and its byproducts. It also engages in the plant genetic research and development for forestry, biopower, and biofuel industries. In addition, the company owns a hydroelectric plant located in the cities of Carlos Chagas and Pavão. Further, it operates a forestry base of approximately 1.2 million hectares comprising 520,000 hectares of planted forests in the states of Bahia, Espírito Santo, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Maranhão, Tocantins, Pará, and Piauí, as well as approximately 488,000 hectares of preservation areas. The company was formerly known as Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. and changed its name to Suzano S.A. in April 2019. The company was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Salvador, Brazil. Suzano S.A. is a subsidiary of Suzano Holding S.A.

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