Comparing Axiall (AXLL) & Its Rivals

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.9% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.8% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Axiall and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Axiall 0 0 0 0 N/A
Axiall Competitors 106 834 1227 35 2.54

As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 1.98%. Given Axiall’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Axiall has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Dividends

Axiall pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Axiall 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 51.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Axiall is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Axiall and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Axiall N/A N/A -2.60
Axiall Competitors $4.01 billion $340.26 million 131.11

Axiall’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Axiall. Axiall 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.

Profitability

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

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

Summary

Axiall competitors beat Axiall on 6 of the 9 factors compared.

About Axiall

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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