Praxair (NYSE: PX) and Ingevity Corp (NASDAQ:NGVT) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Praxair and Ingevity Corp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Praxair $10.92 billion 3.51 $3.54 billion $5.35 25.07
Ingevity Corp $942.10 million 2.67 $216.90 million N/A N/A

Praxair has higher revenue and earnings than Ingevity Corp.

Dividends

Praxair pays an annual dividend of $3.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Ingevity Corp does not pay a dividend. Praxair pays out 58.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Praxair has raised its dividend for 12 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Praxair and Ingevity Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Praxair 2 8 4 0 2.14
Ingevity Corp 0 1 4 0 2.80

Praxair presently has a consensus price target of $135.70, indicating a potential upside of 1.16%. Ingevity Corp has a consensus price target of $67.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.10%. Given Ingevity Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Ingevity Corp is more favorable than Praxair.

Profitability

This table compares Praxair and Ingevity Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Praxair 14.10% 27.93% 8.25%
Ingevity Corp 13.75% 76.78% 16.55%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.3% of Praxair shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Praxair shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Praxair beats Ingevity Corp on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Praxair Company Profile

Praxair, Inc. is an industrial gas company. The Company’s operations are organized into five segments, four of which have been determined on a geographic basis of segmentation: North America, Europe, South America and Asia. In addition, it operates its surface technologies business through its subsidiary, Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc., which represents the fifth segment. Its operations consist of two product lines: industrial gases and surface technologies. Its industrial gases product line centers on the manufacturing and distribution of atmospheric gases (oxygen, nitrogen, argon, rare gases) and process gases (carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases). It also designs, engineers and builds equipment that produces industrial gases primarily for internal use. Its Surface Technologies segment, operated through Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc., supplies wear-resistant and high-temperature corrosion-resistant metallic and ceramic coatings and powders.

Ingevity Corp Company Profile

Ingevity Corporation is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals and high performance carbon materials. The Company is also a manufacturer of activated carbon used in gasoline vapor emission control systems in cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats. The Company operates through two segments: Performance Materials and Performance Chemicals. The Performance Materials segment primarily produces automotive carbon products used in gasoline vapor emission control systems in cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats. The Performance Chemicals segment develops, manufactures and sells a range of specialty chemicals primarily derived from co-products of the Kraft pulping process. Its products are used in a range of applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions.

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