PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) and Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE:AXTA) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and profitability.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares PPG Industries and Axalta Coating Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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PPG Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Axalta Coating Systems. PPG Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Axalta Coating Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk & Volatility
PPG Industries has a beta of 1.59, suggesting that its share price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Axalta Coating Systems has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares PPG Industries and Axalta Coating Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for PPG Industries and Axalta Coating Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.
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PPG Industries presently has a consensus target price of $119.40, indicating a potential upside of 2.71%. Axalta Coating Systems has a consensus target price of $33.50, indicating a potential upside of 5.51%. Given Axalta Coating Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Axalta Coating Systems is more favorable than PPG Industries.
PPG Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Axalta Coating Systems does not pay a dividend. PPG Industries pays out 26.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. PPG Industries has raised its dividend for 44 consecutive years.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
75.1% of PPG Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of Axalta Coating Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of PPG Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Axalta Coating Systems shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
PPG Industries beats Axalta Coating Systems on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About PPG Industries
PPG Industries, Inc. manufactures and distributes a range of coatings and specialty materials. The Company has two segments: Performance Coatings and Industrial Coatings. The Performance Coatings segment includes the refinish, aerospace, protective and marine, architectural businesses. The Industrial Coatings segment includes the automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM), industrial coatings, packaging coatings, coatings services and specialty coatings and materials businesses. The Company’s geographical segments include the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The Company’s brands include PPG, GLIDDEN, COMEX, OLYMPIC, DULUX, SIKKENS, PPG PITTSBURGH PAINTS, MULCO, FLOOD, LIQUID NAILS, SICO, CIL, RENNER, TAUBMANS, WHITE KNIGHT, BRISTOL, HOMAX, DEKORAL, TRILAK, GORI, and BONDEX, among others.
About Axalta Coating Systems
Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of coatings systems primarily serving the transportation industry. The Company’s segments include Performance Coatings and Transportation Coatings. Through its Performance Coatings segment, the Company provides liquid and powder coatings solutions to a fragmented and local customer base. Through its Transportation Coatings segment, the Company provides coating technologies to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light and commercial vehicles. The Performance Coatings segment serves various end markets, including refinish and industrial. The Company develops, markets and supplies a portfolio of coatings systems and color matching technologies. The Company also develops and supplies an array of coatings systems for a range of commercial applications, including heavy-duty truck (HDT), bus, rail and agricultural construction equipment (ACE).
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