Ingevity Corp (NASDAQ: NGVT) and Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.6% of Olin Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of Olin Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ingevity Corp and Olin Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ingevity Corp $942.10 million 3.02 $216.90 million N/A N/A
Olin Corporation $5.93 billion 1.01 $842.90 million $0.25 144.20

Olin Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Ingevity Corp.

Dividends

Olin Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Ingevity Corp does not pay a dividend. Olin Corporation pays out 320.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Ingevity Corp and Olin Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ingevity Corp 13.75% 76.78% 16.55%
Olin Corporation 0.72% 5.80% 1.51%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Ingevity Corp and Olin Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ingevity Corp 0 0 5 0 3.00
Olin Corporation 0 2 6 0 2.75

Ingevity Corp presently has a consensus target price of $69.20, indicating a potential upside of 2.62%. Olin Corporation has a consensus target price of $37.86, indicating a potential upside of 5.01%. Given Olin Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Olin Corporation is more favorable than Ingevity Corp.

Ingevity Corp Company Profile

Ingevity Corporation is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals and high performance carbon materials. The Company is also a manufacturer of activated carbon used in gasoline vapor emission control systems in cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats. The Company operates through two segments: Performance Materials and Performance Chemicals. The Performance Materials segment primarily produces automotive carbon products used in gasoline vapor emission control systems in cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats. The Performance Chemicals segment develops, manufactures and sells a range of specialty chemicals primarily derived from co-products of the Kraft pulping process. Its products are used in a range of applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions.

Olin Corporation Company Profile

Olin Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of chemical products, and ammunition. The Company operates through three segments: Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls, Epoxy and Winchester. The Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls segment manufactures and sells chlorine and caustic soda, ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride monomer, methyl chloride, methylene chloride, chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene and vinylidene chloride, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen, bleach products and potassium hydroxide. The Epoxy segment produces and sells a range of epoxy materials, including allyl chloride, epichlorohydrin, liquid epoxy resins and downstream products, such as converted epoxy resins and additives. The Winchester segment produces and sells sporting ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.

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