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

Risk and Volatility

Minerals Technologies has a beta of 2.23, indicating that its stock price is 123% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Minerals Technologies’ rivals have a beta of 1.59, indicating that their average stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Minerals Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Minerals Technologies pays out 4.5% 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Minerals Technologies and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Minerals Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Minerals Technologies Competitors 161 1010 1264 24 2.47

Minerals Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $80.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.19%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 2.17%. Given Minerals Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Minerals Technologies is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Minerals Technologies and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Minerals Technologies $1.62 billion $349.20 million 16.50
Minerals Technologies Competitors $1.96 billion $301.94 million 16.27

Minerals Technologies’ rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Minerals Technologies. Minerals Technologies is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.4% of Minerals Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Minerals Technologies 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Minerals Technologies and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Minerals Technologies 9.62% 15.04% 5.56%
Minerals Technologies Competitors -2.47% 8.99% 4.06%

Summary

Minerals Technologies beats its rivals on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Minerals Technologies

Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based company that develops, produces and markets a range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services around the world. It operates through four segments. The Specialty Minerals segment produces and sells the synthetic mineral product precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), mines mineral ores, and processes and sells natural mineral products, primarily limestone and talc. The Performance Materials segment is a supplier of bentonite and bentonite-related products to industrial and consumer markets globally. The Refractories segment produces and markets monolithic and shaped refractory materials and specialty products, services and application and measurement equipment. The Energy Services segment offers a range of services to improve the production, costs, compliance and environmental impact of activities performed in the oil and gas industry.

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