Reviewing PQ Group (PQG) and Chemours (CC)

PQ Group (NYSE: PQG) and Chemours (NYSE:CC) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for PQ Group and Chemours, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PQ Group 0 3 7 0 2.70
Chemours 0 0 7 0 3.00

PQ Group presently has a consensus price target of $19.75, suggesting a potential upside of 19.05%. Chemours has a consensus price target of $52.71, suggesting a potential upside of 1.69%. Given PQ Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PQ Group is more favorable than Chemours.

Profitability

This table compares PQ Group and Chemours’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PQ Group N/A N/A N/A
Chemours 4.86% 116.80% 8.10%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.3% of PQ Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.4% of Chemours shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Chemours shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Chemours pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. PQ Group does not pay a dividend. Chemours pays out 8.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PQ Group and Chemours’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PQ Group $1.06 billion 2.11 -$79.74 million $0.04 414.75
Chemours $5.40 billion 1.78 $7.00 million $1.45 35.75

Chemours has higher revenue and earnings than PQ Group. Chemours is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PQ Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Chemours beats PQ Group on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PQ Group

PQ Group Holdings Inc is a global provider of catalysts, specialty materials, chemicals and services that enable environmental improvements. The Company’s products and solutions help companies produce vehicles with fuel efficiency. The Company has developed zeolite-based catalysts to reduce pollutants in diesel engines. The Company’s segments include environmental catalysts and services, and performance materials and chemicals. Environmental catalysts and services segment has three product groups, including silica catalysts, zeolite catalysts, and refining services. Silica catalysts product group sells both the finished catalyst and catalysts supports, for the production of high-density polyethylene (HDPE).zeolite catalysts product group is a supplier of emissions control catalysts as well as a supplier of specialty catalysts, precursors, and formulations. Performance materials and chemicals segment has two product groups, including performance materials and performance chemicals.

About Chemours

The Chemours Company is a provider of performance chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Titanium Technologies, Fluoroproducts and Chemical Solutions. The Titanium Technologies segment is a producer of titanium dioxide (TiO2). The Fluoroproducts segment is a provider of fluoroproducts, including refrigerants and industrial fluoropolymer resins. The Chemical Solutions segment is a North American provider of industrial chemicals used in gold production, oil and gas, water treatment and other industries. It delivers customized solutions with a range of industrial and specialty chemical products for markets, including plastics and coatings, refrigeration and air conditioning, industrial, mining and oil refining. Its products include titanium dioxide, refrigerants, industrial fluoropolymer resins and a portfolio of mining and industrial chemicals, including sodium cyanide. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operates 26 production facilities located in 10 countries.

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