Celanese Corporation (CE) versus Its Rivals Head to Head Analysis

Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE) is one of 35 public companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Celanese Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Dividends

Celanese Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Celanese Corporation pays out 32.1% 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 64.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Celanese Corporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Celanese Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Celanese Corporation 13.66% 31.98% 11.39%
Celanese Corporation Competitors -24.37% 24.66% 5.86%

Volatility & Risk

Celanese Corporation has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Celanese Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.17, meaning that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.1% of Celanese Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.0% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Celanese Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Celanese Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Celanese Corporation $5.86 billion $1.17 billion 18.51
Celanese Corporation Competitors $4.16 billion $893.20 million 34.26

Celanese Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Celanese Corporation 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Celanese Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Celanese Corporation 1 4 8 1 2.64
Celanese Corporation Competitors 104 779 1165 34 2.54

Celanese Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $107.85, indicating a potential upside of 1.69%. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 1.32%. Given Celanese Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Celanese Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Celanese Corporation beats its peers on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Celanese Corporation Company Profile

Celanese Corporation (Celanese) is a technology and specialty materials company. The Company’s segments include Advanced Engineered Materials, Consumer Specialties, Industrial Specialties, Acetyl Intermediates and Other Activities. The Advanced Engineered Materials segment includes the Company’s engineered materials business and certain affiliates. The Consumer Specialties segment includes the Company’s cellulose derivatives and food ingredients businesses, which serve consumer-driven applications. The Industrial Specialties segment includes the Company’s emulsion polymers and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) polymers businesses. The Acetyl Intermediates segment includes the Company’s intermediate chemistry business, which produces and supplies acetyl products, including acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), acetic anhydride and acetate esters. The Company has operations in North America, Europe and Asia. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 30 global production facilities.

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