Axiall Corp (NYSE: AXLL) is one of 33 publicly-traded companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Axiall Corp to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Axiall Corp pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Axiall Corp pays out -5.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 51.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Axiall Corp is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.8% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.8% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Axiall Corp and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Axiall Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Axiall Corp Competitors 106 832 1222 35 2.54

As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 2.17%. Given Axiall Corp’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Axiall Corp has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Axiall Corp and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Axiall Corp -3.52% -7.36% -2.47%
Axiall Corp Competitors -29.50% 24.34% 5.63%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Axiall Corp and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Axiall Corp N/A N/A -2.60
Axiall Corp Competitors $4.01 billion $340.26 million 126.42

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

Summary

Axiall Corp rivals beat Axiall Corp on 6 of the 9 factors compared.

About Axiall Corp

Axiall Corporation (Axiall) is a manufacturer and international marketer of chemicals and building products. The Company operates through two segments: chlorovinyls and building products. Its products include chlorine, caustic soda, vinyl chloride monomer, siding and exterior accessories, and pipe and pipe fittings, among others. The Company’s chlorovinyls segment produces a chain of products, including chlor-alkali and derivative products, such as vinyl resins, ethylene dichloride (or 1, 2 dichloroethane) (EDC), chlorinated solvents, calcium hypochlorite, hydrochloric acid (HCL) and phosgene derivatives, and compound products, such as vinyl compounds and compound additives and plasticizers. The Company’s building products segment consists of over two primary product groups: window and door profiles and trim, moldings and deck products, and outdoor building products, which includes siding and exterior accessories, pipe and pipe fittings.

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