OCI Partners (NYSE: OCIP) is one of 52 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialty Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare OCI Partners to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

15.0% of OCI Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.1% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.1% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

OCI Partners has a beta of 1.27, suggesting that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OCI Partners’ competitors have a beta of 1.60, suggesting that their average stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for OCI Partners and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
OCI Partners 1 0 0 0 1.00
OCI Partners Competitors 166 1031 1282 24 2.47

OCI Partners presently has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.78%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 11.45%. Given OCI Partners’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe OCI Partners is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares OCI Partners and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
OCI Partners $258.23 -$50.55 -37.89
OCI Partners Competitors $2,043.28 $125.71 12.75

OCI Partners’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than OCI Partners. OCI Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

OCI Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. OCI Partners pays out -252.6% 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 27.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. OCI Partners is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares OCI Partners and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OCI Partners -5.60% -10.52% -2.53%
OCI Partners Competitors -2.49% 8.97% 3.92%

Summary

OCI Partners competitors beat OCI Partners on 11 of the 14 factors compared.

OCI Partners Company Profile

OCI Partners LP owns and operates an integrated methanol and ammonia production facility that is located on the Texas Gulf Coast near Beaumont. The Company has an annual methanol production capacity of approximately 912,500 metric tons and an annual ammonia production capacity of approximately 331,000 metric tons. It purchases natural gas from third parties and processes the natural gas into synthesis gas, which it then further processes in the production of methanol and ammonia. It stores and sells the processed methanol and ammonia to industrial and commercial customers for further processing or distribution. Its methanol production unit comprises Foster-Wheeler-designed twin steam methane reformers for synthesis gas production, over two Lurgi-designed parallel low-pressure, water-cooled reactors and approximately four distillation columns. The Haldor-Topsoe-designed ammonia synthesis loop at its facility processes hydrogen produced by methanol production process.

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