PQ Group (NYSE: PQG) is one of 33 public companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare PQ Group to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares PQ Group and its peers’ 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
PQ Group Competitors -29.50% 24.34% 5.63%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.3% of PQ Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PQ Group and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
PQ Group $1.06 billion -$79.74 million 405.75
PQ Group Competitors $4.01 billion $340.26 million 140.80

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for PQ Group and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PQ Group 0 3 7 0 2.70
PQ Group Competitors 107 838 1232 36 2.54

PQ Group currently has a consensus target price of $19.75, suggesting a potential upside of 21.69%. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 1.02%. Given PQ Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe PQ Group is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

PQ Group peers beat PQ Group on 7 of the 11 factors compared.

PQ Group Company Profile

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.

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