Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE: CCC) and Braskem (NYSE:BAK) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Calgon Carbon Corporation and Braskem, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calgon Carbon Corporation 1 3 0 0 1.75
Braskem 0 0 2 0 3.00

Calgon Carbon Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $19.63, indicating a potential downside of 8.29%. Braskem has a consensus target price of $22.00, indicating a potential downside of 24.63%. Given Calgon Carbon Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Calgon Carbon Corporation is more favorable than Braskem.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.2% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.7% of Braskem shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Braskem shares 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.

Risk & Volatility

Calgon Carbon Corporation has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Braskem has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Calgon Carbon Corporation and Braskem’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calgon Carbon Corporation $557.15 million 1.95 $80.63 million $0.15 142.67
Braskem $15.23 billion 0.76 $3.72 billion N/A N/A

Braskem has higher revenue and earnings than Calgon Carbon Corporation.

Dividends

Calgon Carbon Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Braskem does not pay a dividend. Calgon Carbon Corporation pays out 133.3% 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 Calgon Carbon Corporation and Braskem’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calgon Carbon Corporation 1.27% 5.46% 2.81%
Braskem 3.38% 34.93% 2.74%

Summary

Calgon Carbon Corporation beats Braskem on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Calgon Carbon Corporation

Calgon Carbon Corporation is a manufacturer of activated carbon, with capabilities in ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection. The Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a range of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. The Company operates through four segments: Activated Carbon and Service, Equipment, Consumer and Other. The Company’s products and services are designed to protect human health and the environment from harmful contaminants in water, and air. The Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a range of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. The Company operates in the United States, Europe, Japan, Africa, Canada, China, India, Latin America, and in other parts of Asia.

About Braskem

Braskem S.A. produces thermoplastic resins. The Company’s segments are Basic petrochemicals, Polyolefins, Vinyls, the United States and Europe, and Chemical distribution. It is also engaged in the import and export of chemicals, petrochemicals and fuels, the production, supply and sale of utilities such as steam, water, compressed air, industrial gases, the provision of industrial services, and the production, supply and sale of electric energy. It also invests in other companies, either as a partner or as shareholder. It operates over 40 industrial units, over 30 of which are located in the Brazilian states of Alagoas, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and Sao Paulo; over five are located in the United States, in the states of Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia, and over two are located in Germany, in the cities of Wesseling and Schkopau. These units produce thermoplastic resins–polyethylene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride, as well as basic petrochemicals.

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