Airgas (NYSE: ARG) and Chemours Company (The) (NYSE:CC) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.2% of Chemours Company (The) shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Chemours Company (The) shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Airgas and Chemours Company (The), as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Airgas 0 0 0 0 N/A
Chemours Company (The) 0 0 6 0 3.00

Chemours Company (The) has a consensus target price of $44.83, suggesting a potential downside of 9.92%. Given Chemours Company (The)’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Chemours Company (The) is more favorable than Airgas.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Airgas and Chemours Company (The)’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Airgas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chemours Company (The) $5.74 billion 1.60 $1.07 billion $1.48 33.63

Chemours Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than Airgas.

Profitability

This table compares Airgas and Chemours Company (The)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Airgas 5.98% 15.44% 5.04%
Chemours Company (The) 4.96% 122.97% 6.77%

Dividends

Chemours Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Airgas does not pay a dividend. Chemours Company (The) pays out 8.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Airgas has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Summary

Chemours Company (The) beats Airgas on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Airgas

Airgas, Inc. is a supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hard goods, such as welding equipment and related products. The Company is also a producer of atmospheric gases, carbon dioxide, dry ice and nitrous oxide and a supplier of safety products, refrigerants, ammonia products and process chemicals. It operates through two segments: Distribution and All Other Operations. The Distribution segment offers a portfolio of related gas and hard goods products and services to the end customers. The All Other Operations segment consists of five business units which manufacture or distribute carbon dioxide, dry ice, nitrous oxide, ammonia and refrigerant gases. It also offers supply chain management services and solutions, and product and process technical support across many customer segments. It markets its products and services through multiple sales channels, including branch-based sales representatives, retail stores and strategic customer account programs, among others.

About Chemours Company (The)

The Chemours Company is a provider of performance chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Titanium Technologies, Fluoroproducts and Chemical Solutions. The Titanium Technologies segment is a producer of titanium dioxide (TiO2). The Fluoroproducts segment is a provider of fluoroproducts, including refrigerants and industrial fluoropolymer resins. The Chemical Solutions segment is a North American provider of industrial chemicals used in gold production, oil and gas, water treatment and other industries. It delivers customized solutions with a range of industrial and specialty chemical products for markets, including plastics and coatings, refrigeration and air conditioning, industrial, mining and oil refining. Its products include titanium dioxide, refrigerants, industrial fluoropolymer resins and a portfolio of mining and industrial chemicals, including sodium cyanide. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operates 26 production facilities located in 10 countries.

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