Head to Head Review: E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (DD) & HC2 (HCHC)

E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE: DD) and HC2 (NYSE:HCHC) are both industrial conglomerates companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co and HC2’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co N/A N/A N/A $2.79 30.08
HC2 $1.56 billion 0.18 -$94.54 million ($2.57) -2.51

E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co has higher earnings, but lower revenue than HC2. HC2 is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co and HC2, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co 0 4 4 0 2.50
HC2 0 0 1 0 3.00

E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co currently has a consensus target price of $80.59, indicating a potential downside of 3.98%. HC2 has a consensus target price of $11.50, indicating a potential upside of 78.29%. Given HC2’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe HC2 is more favorable than E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co.

Risk and Volatility

E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co has a beta of 1.76, meaning that its stock price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HC2 has a beta of 0.66, meaning that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co and HC2’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co -11.28% -5.02% -2.69%
HC2 -6.13% -67.69% -1.67%

Dividends

E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. HC2 does not pay a dividend. E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co pays out 54.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.2% of E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.9% of HC2 shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of HC2 shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company is a science and technology-based company. It operates through six segments: Agriculture, Electronics & Communications (E&C), Industrial Biosciences, Nutrition & Health, Performance Materials and Protection Solutions. Its Agriculture segment includes products, such as corn hybrids and soybean varieties, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Its E&C segment includes products, such as printing and packaging materials, photopolymers and electronic materials. Its Industrial Biosciences segment includes products, such as enzymes, bio-based materials and process technologies. Its Nutrition & Health segment includes products, such as probiotics, cultures, emulsifiers, natural sweeteners and soy-based food ingredients. Its Performance Materials segment includes products, such as engineering polymers, packaging and industrial polymers, films and elastomers. Its Protection Solutions segment includes products, such as nonwovens, aramids and solid surfaces.

About HC2

HC2 Holdings, Inc. engages in construction, marine services, insurance, telecommunications, energy, life sciences, and other businesses in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company fabricates and erects structural steel for commercial and industrial construction projects, such as buildings and office complexes, hotels and casinos, convention centers, sports arenas and stadiums, shopping malls, hospitals, dams, bridges, mines, and power plants. It also fabricates trusses and girders; and fabricates and erects water pipes, water storage tanks, pollution control scrubbers, tunnel liners, pressure vessels, strainers, filters, separators, and various customized products. In addition, the company provides subsea cable installation and maintenance services for the telecommunications sector; installation, maintenance, and repair services for fiber optic communication and power infrastructure to offshore platforms; and installation services for power cables for use in offshore wind farms and in the offshore wind market. Further, it distributes natural gas motor fuels; designs, builds, owns, acquires, operates, and maintains compressed natural gas fueling stations for transportation vehicles; and offers voice communication services for national telecommunications, mobile, prepaid, and voice over Internet protocol service operators, as well as wholesale carriers and Internet service providers. Additionally, the company provides long-term care, life, and annuity insurance products to individuals. Furthermore, it focuses on developing products to treat early osteoarthritis of the knee; develops skin lightening technology; owns licenses to create and distribute NASCAR video games; and offers analytics on broadcast TV, digital, and social media online platforms. The company was formerly known as PTGi Holding Inc. and changed its name to HC2 Holdings, Inc. in April 2014. HC2 Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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