PolyOne (POL) and Its Rivals Head to Head Review

PolyOne (NYSE: POL) is one of 14 public companies in the “Plastics materials & resins” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare PolyOne to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of current ratings for PolyOne and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PolyOne 0 3 4 0 2.57
PolyOne Competitors 42 358 658 22 2.61

PolyOne presently has a consensus target price of $45.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.35%. As a group, “Plastics materials & resins” companies have a potential upside of 21.58%. Given PolyOne’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe PolyOne has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


PolyOne pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. PolyOne pays out 31.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Plastics materials & resins” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 30.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. PolyOne has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. PolyOne lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Risk & Volatility

PolyOne has a beta of 1.66, suggesting that its stock price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PolyOne’s rivals have a beta of -2.68, suggesting that their average stock price is 368% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.9% of PolyOne shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.9% of shares of all “Plastics materials & resins” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of PolyOne shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of shares of all “Plastics materials & resins” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares PolyOne and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PolyOne -1.73% 29.46% 6.68%
PolyOne Competitors 6.60% 23.59% 8.10%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares PolyOne and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
PolyOne $3.23 billion -$57.70 million 18.97
PolyOne Competitors $9.05 billion $413.23 million 16.78

PolyOne’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than PolyOne. PolyOne is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


PolyOne rivals beat PolyOne on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation (PolyOne) provides specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The Company’s segments include Color, Additives and Inks; Specialty Engineered Materials; Performance Products and Solutions, and PolyOne Distribution. The Color, Additives and Inks segment provides custom color and additive concentrates in solid and liquid form for thermoplastics, dispersions for thermosets. The Specialty Engineered Materials segment provides specialty polymer formulations, services and solutions for designers, assemblers and processors of thermoplastic materials. The Performance Products and Solutions segment consists of the Geon Performance Materials and Producer Services business units. As of December 31, 2016, the PolyOne Distribution segment distributed more than 4,000 grades of engineering and commodity grade resins.

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