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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares W.R. Grace & Co. and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
W.R. Grace & Co. $1.67 billion $371.30 million 35.40
W.R. Grace & Co. Competitors $1.96 billion $302.17 million 16.79

W.R. Grace & Co.’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than W.R. Grace & Co.. W.R. Grace & Co. 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.

Dividends

W.R. Grace & Co. pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. W.R. Grace & Co. pays out 42.2% 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 27.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. W.R. Grace & Co. lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.7% of W.R. Grace & Co. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of W.R. Grace & Co. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for W.R. Grace & Co. and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
W.R. Grace & Co. 0 3 8 0 2.73
W.R. Grace & Co. Competitors 163 1017 1271 24 2.47

W.R. Grace & Co. currently has a consensus price target of $79.55, suggesting a potential upside of 12.93%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 3.25%. Given W.R. Grace & Co.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe W.R. Grace & Co. is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

W.R. Grace & Co. has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, W.R. Grace & Co.’s rivals have a beta of 1.59, meaning that their average stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares W.R. Grace & Co. and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
W.R. Grace & Co. 8.20% 43.88% 6.20%
W.R. Grace & Co. Competitors -1.92% 11.71% 5.04%

Summary

W.R. Grace & Co. beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About W.R. Grace & Co.

W. R. Grace & Co. (Grace) is engaged in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and specialty materials. The Company operates in two segments: Grace Catalysts Technologies and Grace Materials Technologies. The Grace Catalysts Technologies segment includes catalysts and related products and technologies used in refining, petrochemical and other chemical manufacturing applications. The Grace Materials Technologies segment includes specialty materials, including silica-based and silica-alumina-based materials, used in coatings, consumer, industrial, and pharmaceutical applications. It Grace Catalysts Technologies segment produces and sells catalysts and related products and technologies used in refining, petrochemical and other chemical manufacturing applications, including Fluid catalytic cracking catalysts (FCC), Hydroprocessing catalysts (HPC), and Polyolefin catalysts and catalyst supports.

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