Axiall (NYSE: AXLL) is one of 32 publicly-traded companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Axiall to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Axiall and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Axiall 0 0 0 0 N/A
Axiall Competitors 106 825 1222 36 2.54

As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 2.07%. Given Axiall’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Axiall has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Axiall and its peers’ 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 -29.44% 24.36% 5.63%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Axiall and its peers 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 128.72

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

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 47.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Axiall is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Axiall peers 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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