Trinseo (NYSE: TSE) is one of 52 public companies in the “Specialty Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Trinseo to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Dividends

Trinseo pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Trinseo pays out 20.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 27.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Trinseo is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk and Volatility

Trinseo has a beta of 2.37, suggesting that its share price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trinseo’s peers have a beta of 1.59, suggesting that their average share price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.8% of Trinseo shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Trinseo shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Trinseo and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trinseo 0 2 3 0 2.60
Trinseo Competitors 160 1004 1257 24 2.47

Trinseo presently has a consensus target price of $74.25, indicating a potential upside of 7.22%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 3.42%. Given Trinseo’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Trinseo is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Trinseo and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trinseo 7.88% 67.05% 13.27%
Trinseo Competitors -2.47% 8.99% 4.06%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Trinseo and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Trinseo $4.10 billion $477.25 million 9.78
Trinseo Competitors $1.96 billion $301.93 million 16.32

Trinseo has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Trinseo is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Trinseo beats its peers on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Trinseo Company Profile

Trinseo S.A. is a materials company engaged in the manufacture and marketing of synthetic rubber, latex and plastics. The Company’s segments include Latex Binders, Synthetic Rubber, Performance Plastics, Basic Plastics, Feedstocks and Americas Styrenics. The Latex Binders segment produces styrene-butadiene latex (SB latex) and other latex polymers and binders. The Synthetic Rubber segment produces synthetic rubber products used in tires, impact modifiers and technical rubber products. The Performance Plastics segment produces compounds and blends and specialized acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) grades. The Basic Plastics segment produces styrenic polymers, including polystyrene, basic ABS, and styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) products, as well as polycarbonate (PC). The Feedstocks segment includes its production and procurement of styrene monomer outside of North America. The Americas Styrenics segment consists of the operations of its joint venture, Americas Styrenics LLC.

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