Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE: KWR) is one of 35 public companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Quaker Chemical Corporation to similar companies based off the strength of its earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Quaker Chemical Corporation has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quaker Chemical Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.16, suggesting that their average share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Quaker Chemical Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quaker Chemical Corporation 6.73% 15.52% 9.26%
Quaker Chemical Corporation Competitors -27.97% 23.83% 5.35%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.8% of Quaker Chemical Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of Quaker Chemical Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.9% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Quaker Chemical Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Quaker Chemical Corporation $777.77 million $106.55 million 35.27
Quaker Chemical Corporation Competitors $4.37 billion $977.90 million 28.06

Quaker Chemical Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Quaker Chemical Corporation. Quaker Chemical Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Quaker Chemical Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Quaker Chemical Corporation pays out 36.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 55.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Quaker Chemical Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Quaker Chemical Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quaker Chemical Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Quaker Chemical Corporation Competitors 188 992 1261 55 2.47

Quaker Chemical Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $153.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.39%. All “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 2.58%. Given Quaker Chemical Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Quaker Chemical Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Quaker Chemical Corporation peers beat Quaker Chemical Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Quaker Chemical Corporation Company Profile

Quaker Chemical Corporation is a provider of process fluids, chemical specialties, and technical expertise to a range of industries, including steel, aluminum, mining, aerospace, tube and pipe, cans and others. The Company’s segments include North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia/Pacific and South America. It develops, produces, and markets a range of formulated chemical specialty products and offers chemical management services. Its products and services include rolling lubricants (used by manufacturers of steel in the hot and cold rolling of steel and by manufacturers of aluminum in the hot rolling of aluminum); machining and grinding compounds (used by metalworking customers in cutting, shaping, and grinding metal parts, which require special treatment to enable them to tolerate the manufacturing process, achieve closer tolerance, and improve tool life), and hydraulic fluids (used by steel, metalworking, and other customers to operate hydraulic equipment).

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