A. Schulman (NASDAQ: SHLM) is one of 34 publicly-traded companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare A. Schulman to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for A. Schulman and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
A. Schulman 0 2 2 0 2.50
A. Schulman Competitors 175 941 1208 56 2.48

A. Schulman currently has a consensus target price of $35.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.37%. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 2.88%. Given A. Schulman’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe A. Schulman is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.2% of A. Schulman shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.0% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.1% of A. Schulman shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


A. Schulman pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. A. Schulman pays out -6.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 62.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. A. Schulman is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.


This table compares A. Schulman and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
A. Schulman -14.86% 35.64% 3.29%
A. Schulman Competitors -29.86% 24.06% 5.26%

Volatility & Risk

A. Schulman has a beta of 1.49, suggesting that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, A. Schulman’s competitors have a beta of 1.17, suggesting that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares A. Schulman and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
A. Schulman $2.42 billion $207.01 million -2.87
A. Schulman Competitors $4.15 billion $892.82 million 34.30

A. Schulman’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than A. Schulman. A. Schulman 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.


A. Schulman beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

A. Schulman Company Profile

A. Schulman, Inc. is an international supplier of plastic formulations, resins and services, and provides solutions to its customers’ requirements through custom-formulated products. The Company’s customers span a range of markets, such as packaging, mobility, building and construction, electronics and electrical, agriculture, personal care and hygiene, custom services, and sports, home and leisure. The Company’s segments include Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the United States and Canada (USCAN), Latin America (LATAM), Asia Pacific (APAC) and Engineered Composites (EC). As of August 31, 2016, the Company operated in six product families, including custom performance colors (CPC), engineered composites, Masterbatch solutions, engineered plastics, specialty powders and distribution services. The CPC product family offers powdered, pelletized and liquid color concentrates that are custom-designed for thermoplastic resins.

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