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

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 26.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Minerals Technologies and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Minerals Technologies $1.62 billion $349.20 million 16.34
Minerals Technologies Competitors $1.95 billion $301.94 million 12.66

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.5% of Minerals Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.1% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Minerals Technologies 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Minerals Technologies and its competitors, 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 165 1025 1279 24 2.47

Minerals Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $80.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.27%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 4.59%. Given Minerals Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Minerals Technologies is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

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

Profitability

This table compares Minerals Technologies and its competitors’ 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 -2.54% 9.20% 3.89%

Summary

Minerals Technologies beats its competitors on 11 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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