Cytec Industries (NYSE: CYT) and Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE:SXT) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Sensient Technologies Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Cytec Industries does not pay a dividend. Sensient Technologies Corporation pays out 48.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cytec Industries has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years and Sensient Technologies Corporation has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Cytec Industries and Sensient Technologies Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cytec Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Sensient Technologies Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Sensient Technologies Corporation has a consensus target price of $90.00, suggesting a potential upside of 21.16%. Given Sensient Technologies Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sensient Technologies Corporation is more favorable than Cytec Industries.

Profitability

This table compares Cytec Industries and Sensient Technologies Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cytec Industries 11.96% 18.60% 8.55%
Sensient Technologies Corporation 8.16% 17.15% 8.75%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.6% of Sensient Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sensient Technologies Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cytec Industries and Sensient Technologies Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cytec Industries N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sensient Technologies Corporation $1.36 billion 2.40 $247.07 million $2.48 29.95

Sensient Technologies Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Cytec Industries.

Summary

Sensient Technologies Corporation beats Cytec Industries on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cytec Industries

Cytec Industries Inc. is a global specialty materials and chemicals company focused on developing, manufacturing and selling value-added products. The Company offers aerospace and industrial materials, mining and plastics industries. The Company operates through four segments: Aerospace Materials, Industrial Materials, In Process Separation, and Additive Technologies. The Aerospace Materials segment includes advanced composites, carbon fiber, and structural film adhesives. The Industrial Materials segment includes structural composite materials, which serve automotive, motorsports, recreation, tooling, and other structural materials markets and process materials, which serves aerospace, wind energy, and other process materials markets. The In Process Separation segment includes mining chemicals and phosphines. The Additive Technologies segment includes polymer additives, specialty additives, and formulated resins. The Company operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Solvay.

About Sensient Technologies Corporation

Sensient Technologies Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors and fragrances. The Company uses technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals. The Company’s three segments include the Flavors & Fragrances Group and the Color Group, which are managed on a product-and-services basis, and the Asia Pacific Group, which is managed on a geographic basis. The Company’s principal products include flavors, flavor enhancers and bionutrients; fragrances, aroma chemicals and essential oils; natural ingredients, including dehydrated vegetables and other food ingredients; natural and synthetic food and beverage colors; cosmetic colors and ingredients and pharmaceutical excipients and ingredients, and technical colors, specialty inks and colors, and specialty dyes and pigments.

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