Airgas (NYSE: ARG) is one of 32 public companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Airgas to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Airgas and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
Airgas’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Airgas. Airgas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This table compares Airgas and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional & Insider Ownership
70.6% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.8% 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 company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Airgas and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 6.88%. Given Airgas’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Airgas has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
Airgas pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Airgas pays out 53.0% 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 42.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Airgas has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years. Airgas lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.
Airgas rivals beat Airgas on 9 of the 10 factors compared.
Airgas Company Profile
Airgas, Inc. is a supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hard goods, such as welding equipment and related products. The Company is also a producer of atmospheric gases, carbon dioxide, dry ice and nitrous oxide and a supplier of safety products, refrigerants, ammonia products and process chemicals. It operates through two segments: Distribution and All Other Operations. The Distribution segment offers a portfolio of related gas and hard goods products and services to the end customers. The All Other Operations segment consists of five business units which manufacture or distribute carbon dioxide, dry ice, nitrous oxide, ammonia and refrigerant gases. It also offers supply chain management services and solutions, and product and process technical support across many customer segments. It markets its products and services through multiple sales channels, including branch-based sales representatives, retail stores and strategic customer account programs, among others.
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