Critical Comparison: BASF (BASFY) versus Its Peers

BASF (OTCMKTS: BASFY) is one of 24 public companies in the “Chemicals & allied products” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare BASF to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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0.5% of BASF shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.8% of shares of all “Chemicals & allied products” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.9% of shares of all “Chemicals & allied products” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


BASF pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. BASF pays out 33.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Chemicals & allied products” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 30.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

BASF has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BASF’s rivals have a beta of 1.08, indicating that their average share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for BASF and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BASF 1 5 1 0 2.00
BASF Competitors 105 465 676 25 2.49

As a group, “Chemicals & allied products” companies have a potential upside of 19.53%. Given BASF’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe BASF has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BASF 9.41% 18.50% 8.08%
BASF Competitors -126.34% 22.82% 5.01%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BASF and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
BASF $72.83 billion $6.87 billion 14.15
BASF Competitors $7.08 billion $553.10 million 23.75

BASF has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. BASF 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.


BASF rivals beat BASF on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

BASF Company Profile

BASF SE is a chemical company. The Company operates through five segments, which include Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions, and Oil & Gas. The Chemicals segment consists of the Petrochemicals, Monomers and Intermediates divisions. The Performance Products segment consists of the Dispersions & Pigments, Care Chemicals, Nutrition & Health, and Performance Chemicals divisions. The Functional Materials & Solutions segment consists of the Catalysts, Construction Chemicals, Coatings and Performance Materials divisions. The Agricultural Solutions segment consists of the Crop Protection division. The Oil & Gas segment comprises Oil & Gas division, which focuses on the exploration and production in oil and gas producing regions in Europe, North Africa, Russia, South America and the Middle East.

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