Cytec Industries (NYSE: CYT) and Ferro (NYSE:FOE) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Cytec Industries and Ferro’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cytec Industries 11.96% 18.60% 8.55%
Ferro 3.44% 35.77% 7.57%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cytec Industries and Ferro’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cytec Industries N/A N/A N/A $1.78 42.23
Ferro $1.15 billion 1.71 -$20.81 million $0.53 44.19

Cytec Industries has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Ferro. Cytec Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ferro, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.9% of Ferro shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Ferro shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cytec Industries and Ferro, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cytec Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ferro 0 0 4 0 3.00

Ferro has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.79%. Given Ferro’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ferro is more favorable than Cytec Industries.

Summary

Ferro beats Cytec Industries on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cytec Industries

Cytec Industries Inc. is a global specialty materials and chemicals company focused on developing, manufacturing and selling value-added products. The Company offers aerospace and industrial materials, mining and plastics industries. The Company operates through four segments: Aerospace Materials, Industrial Materials, In Process Separation, and Additive Technologies. The Aerospace Materials segment includes advanced composites, carbon fiber, and structural film adhesives. The Industrial Materials segment includes structural composite materials, which serve automotive, motorsports, recreation, tooling, and other structural materials markets and process materials, which serves aerospace, wind energy, and other process materials markets. The In Process Separation segment includes mining chemicals and phosphines. The Additive Technologies segment includes polymer additives, specialty additives, and formulated resins. The Company operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Solvay.

About Ferro

Ferro Corporation (Ferro) produces specialty materials that are sold to a range of manufacturers. The Company’s segments include Performance Coatings (metal and ceramic coatings), Performance Colors and Glass (glass coatings), and Color Solutions. Its Performance Coatings segment includes Tile Coating Systems and Porcelain Enamel. Its manufacturers make products for various end-use markets. The Company’s products fall into two general categories: functional coatings, which perform specific functions in the manufacturing processes and end products of its customers, and color solutions, which provide aesthetic and performance characteristics to its customers’ products. Its products are used in a range of product applications in markets, including appliances, automobiles, building and renovation, electronics, household furnishings, industrial products and packaging.

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