Financial Comparison: L.B. Foster (FSTR) and Carpenter Technology Corporation (CRS)

L.B. Foster (NASDAQ: FSTR) and Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE:CRS) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.


Carpenter Technology Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. L.B. Foster does not pay a dividend. Carpenter Technology Corporation pays out 44.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares L.B. Foster and Carpenter Technology Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
L.B. Foster $483.51 million 0.46 -$141.66 million ($3.60) -6.01
Carpenter Technology Corporation $1.80 billion 1.19 $47.00 million $1.62 28.27

Carpenter Technology Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than L.B. Foster. L.B. Foster is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Carpenter Technology Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares L.B. Foster and Carpenter Technology Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
L.B. Foster -7.38% -27.11% -9.27%
Carpenter Technology Corporation 4.06% 6.67% 2.77%

Volatility and Risk

L.B. Foster has a beta of 2.33, suggesting that its stock price is 133% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carpenter Technology Corporation has a beta of 2.09, suggesting that its stock price is 109% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.9% of L.B. Foster shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.6% of Carpenter Technology Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 15.2% of L.B. Foster shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of Carpenter Technology Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for L.B. Foster and Carpenter Technology Corporation, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
L.B. Foster 0 0 0 0 N/A
Carpenter Technology Corporation 0 3 3 0 2.50

Carpenter Technology Corporation has a consensus price target of $46.60, indicating a potential upside of 1.77%. Given Carpenter Technology Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Carpenter Technology Corporation is more favorable than L.B. Foster.


Carpenter Technology Corporation beats L.B. Foster on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About L.B. Foster

L.B. Foster Company is a manufacturer, fabricator and distributor of products and services for the rail, construction, energy and utility markets. The Company’s segments include Rail Products and Services, Construction Products, and Tubular and Energy Services. Its Rail Products segment provides a range of new and used rail, trackwork and accessories to railroads, mines and industry. The Rail segment designs and produces concrete railroad ties, insulated rail joints, power rail, track fasteners, coverboards and special accessories for mass transit and other rail systems. The Construction Products segment sells and rents steel sheet piling, H-bearing pile and other piling products for foundation and earth retention requirements. The Tubular and Energy Services segment supplies pipe coatings for natural gas pipelines and utilities, blending, injection and metering equipment for the oil and gas market, and produces threaded pipe products for industrial water well and irrigation markets.

About Carpenter Technology Corporation

Carpenter Technology Corporation is engaged in the manufacturing, fabrication and distribution of specialty metals. The Company’s segments include Specialty Alloys Operations (SAO) and Performance Engineered Products (PEP). Its SAO segment consists of alloy and stainless steel manufacturing operations. Its PEP segment includes the Dynamet titanium business, the Carpenter Powder Products business, the Amega West business, the Specialty Steel Supply business and the Latrobe and Mexico distribution businesses. It develops, manufactures and distributes cast/wrought and powder metal stainless steels, and special alloys, including high temperature (iron-nickel-cobalt base), stainless, corrosion resistant, controlled expansion alloys, ultra-high strength and implantable alloys, tool and die steels and other specialty metals, as well as cast/wrought titanium alloys. The Company manufactures and rents down-hole drilling tools and components used in the oil and gas industry.

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