Rayonier Advanced Materials (NYSE: RYAM) is one of 52 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialty Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Rayonier Advanced Materials to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Rayonier Advanced Materials and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rayonier Advanced Materials 5.71% 24.17% 3.63%
Rayonier Advanced Materials Competitors -2.31% 9.09% 4.11%

Risk & Volatility

Rayonier Advanced Materials has a beta of 4.29, indicating that its stock price is 329% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rayonier Advanced Materials’ rivals have a beta of 1.58, indicating that their average stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Rayonier Advanced Materials pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Rayonier Advanced Materials pays out 35.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 27.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Rayonier Advanced Materials and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Rayonier Advanced Materials $840.05 million $202.73 million 17.09
Rayonier Advanced Materials Competitors $1.95 billion $301.80 million 16.75

Rayonier Advanced Materials’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Rayonier Advanced Materials. Rayonier Advanced Materials 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.5% of Rayonier Advanced Materials shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Rayonier Advanced Materials shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Rayonier Advanced Materials and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rayonier Advanced Materials 0 0 5 0 3.00
Rayonier Advanced Materials Competitors 255 1208 1323 33 2.40

Rayonier Advanced Materials presently has a consensus price target of $18.80, suggesting a potential upside of 37.53%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 1.78%. Given Rayonier Advanced Materials’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Rayonier Advanced Materials is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Rayonier Advanced Materials beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Rayonier Advanced Materials

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. is engaged in the production of cellulose specialties. The Company’s product lines include cellulose specialties and commodity products. Its products are used in manufacturing processes. The Company’s products are sold throughout the world to companies for use in various industrial applications, and to produce a range of products, including cigarette filters, foods, pharmaceuticals, textiles and electronics. The Company focuses on producing various forms of cellulose specialties products, such as cellulose acetate and cellulose ethers. The Company’s production facilities are located in Jesup, Georgia and Fernandina Beach, Florida. The Jesup plant can produce cellulose specialties or commodity products using both hardwood and softwood in a pre-hydrolyzed kraft or high potential of hydrogen (pH) cooking process. The Fernandina Beach plant can produce cellulose specialties or commodity products using softwood in a sulfite or low pH cooking process.

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