Koppers Holdings (NYSE: KOP) is one of 35 public companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Koppers Holdings to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Koppers Holdings has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Koppers Holdings’ competitors have a beta of 1.16, suggesting that their average share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Koppers Holdings and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Koppers Holdings $1.41 billion $169.90 million 20.51
Koppers Holdings Competitors $4.37 billion $978.27 million 28.76

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.9% of Koppers Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Koppers Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.9% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Koppers Holdings and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Koppers Holdings 0 1 3 0 2.75
Koppers Holdings Competitors 188 995 1266 55 2.47

Koppers Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $45.75, suggesting a potential upside of 12.68%. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 1.11%. Given Koppers Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Koppers Holdings is more favorable than its competitors.


This table compares Koppers Holdings and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Koppers Holdings 3.02% 153.51% 6.24%
Koppers Holdings Competitors -27.97% 23.83% 5.35%


Koppers Holdings beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Koppers Holdings

Koppers Holdings Inc. is a global integrated provider of treated wood products, wood treatment chemicals and carbon compounds. The Company operates through three segments: Railroad and Utility Products and Services (RUPS), Carbon Materials and Chemicals (CMC) and Performance Chemicals (PC). The RUPS business sells treated and untreated wood products, rail joint bars and services primarily to the railroad markets. The primary products supplied by PC business are copper-based wood preservatives, including micronized copper quaternary and micronized copper azole (MicroPro), micronized pigments (MicroShades) and chromated copper arsenate. Through CMC business, the Company processes coal tar into a range of products, including carbon pitch, creosote and carbon black feedstock. Its products and services are used in a range of markets, including the railroad, specialty chemical, utility, residential lumber, agriculture, aluminum, steel, rubber and construction industries.

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