OMNOVA Solutions (NYSE: OMN) is one of 51 public companies in the “Specialty Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare OMNOVA Solutions to similar companies based off the strength of its dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for OMNOVA Solutions and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
OMNOVA Solutions 0 1 2 0 2.67
OMNOVA Solutions Competitors 255 1195 1310 32 2.40

OMNOVA Solutions presently has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 34.83%. All “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 1.74%. Given OMNOVA Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe OMNOVA Solutions is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares OMNOVA Solutions and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
OMNOVA Solutions $778.50 million $82.20 million -42.38
OMNOVA Solutions Competitors $1.95 billion $301.80 million 15.93

OMNOVA Solutions’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than OMNOVA Solutions. OMNOVA Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently the more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

OMNOVA Solutions has a beta of 2.1, meaning that its stock price is 110% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OMNOVA Solutions’ competitors have a beta of 1.58, meaning that their average stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares OMNOVA Solutions and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OMNOVA Solutions -1.19% 18.52% 2.97%
OMNOVA Solutions Competitors -2.54% 8.91% 4.06%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.0% of OMNOVA Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.0% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of OMNOVA Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

OMNOVA Solutions beats its competitors on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About OMNOVA Solutions

OMNOVA Solutions Inc. is a provider of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals and engineered surfaces for commercial, industrial and residential end uses. The Company’s segments include Performance Chemicals and Engineered Surfaces. The Performance Chemicals segment produces a range of emulsion polymers and specialty chemicals based on styrene butadiene, styrene butadiene acrylonitrile, styrene butadiene vinyl pyridine, nitrile butadiene, polyvinyl acetate, acrylic, styrene acrylic, vinyl acrylic, glyoxal, fluorochemical and bio-based chemistries. The Engineered Surfaces segment develops, designs, produces and markets a line of functional and decorative surfacing products, including coated fabrics, vinyl, paper, and specialty laminates and industrial films. The Performance Chemicals segment includes two product lines: Performance Materials and Specialty Chemicals, and the Engineered Surfaces segment includes two product lines: Coated Fabrics, and Laminates and Performance Films.

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