Versum Materials (NYSE: VSM) is one of 47 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialty Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Versum Materials to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.3% of Versum Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.2% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Versum Materials shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Versum Materials has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Versum Materials’ rivals have a beta of 1.36, meaning that their average stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Versum Materials and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Versum Materials 0 4 6 0 2.60
Versum Materials Competitors 170 1049 1294 24 2.46

Versum Materials presently has a consensus target price of $36.11, indicating a potential downside of 3.14%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 1.47%. Given Versum Materials’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Versum Materials has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


Versum Materials pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Versum Materials pays out 11.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 26.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Versum Materials and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Versum Materials 17.13% -457.02% 17.84%
Versum Materials Competitors -639.63% -3.74% 0.56%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Versum Materials $1.13 billion $193.00 million 21.06
Versum Materials Competitors $1.91 billion $115.75 million 235.53

Versum Materials’ rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Versum Materials. Versum Materials 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.


Versum Materials rivals beat Versum Materials on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Versum Materials Company Profile

Versum Materials, Inc. is a provider of solutions to the semiconductor and display industries. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacturing, transportation and handling of specialty materials. Its segments include Materials; Delivery Systems and Services (DS&S), and Corporate. The Materials segment is an integrated provider of specialty materials for the electronics industry, focusing on the integrated circuit and flat-panel display markets. The DS&S segment designs, manufactures, installs, operates, and maintains chemical and gas delivery and distribution systems for specialty gases and chemicals delivered directly to its customers’ manufacturing tools. The Company is engaged in molecular design and synthesis, purification, advanced analytics, formulation development and containers and delivery systems for the handling of high purity materials.

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