Calgon Carbon (NYSE: CCC) and Airgas (NYSE:ARG) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.
This table compares Calgon Carbon and Airgas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Calgon Carbon and Airgas, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Calgon Carbon presently has a consensus target price of $19.63, indicating a potential downside of 8.72%. Given Calgon Carbon’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Calgon Carbon is more favorable than Airgas.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Calgon Carbon and Airgas’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Calgon Carbon has higher revenue and earnings than Airgas. Airgas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Calgon Carbon, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
92.5% of Calgon Carbon shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of Calgon Carbon shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Calgon Carbon pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Airgas pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Calgon Carbon pays out 36.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Airgas pays out 53.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Calgon Carbon has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.
Calgon Carbon beats Airgas on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Calgon Carbon
Calgon Carbon Corporation is a manufacturer of activated carbon, with capabilities in ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection. The Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a range of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. The Company operates through four segments: Activated Carbon and Service, Equipment, Consumer and Other. The Company’s products and services are designed to protect human health and the environment from harmful contaminants in water, and air. The Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a range of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. The Company operates in the United States, Europe, Japan, Africa, Canada, China, India, Latin America, and in other parts of Asia.
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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