Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE) is one of 35 publicly-traded companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Celanese Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Dividends

Celanese Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Celanese Corporation pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 55.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Celanese Corporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Celanese Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Celanese Corporation $5.62 billion $1.16 billion 17.70
Celanese Corporation Competitors $4.37 billion $977.53 million 32.53

Celanese Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Celanese Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Celanese Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Celanese Corporation 14.89% 31.23% 11.24%
Celanese Corporation Competitors -27.97% 23.86% 5.35%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.2% of Celanese Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Celanese Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.9% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Celanese Corporation has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Celanese Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.17, suggesting that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Celanese Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Celanese Corporation 1 4 8 1 2.64
Celanese Corporation Competitors 190 1007 1282 56 2.47

Celanese Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $102.62, indicating a potential downside of 1.59%. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 0.67%. Given Celanese Corporation’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Celanese Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Celanese Corporation beats its peers on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

Celanese Corporation Company Profile

Celanese Corporation (Celanese) is a technology and specialty materials company. The Company’s segments include Advanced Engineered Materials, Consumer Specialties, Industrial Specialties, Acetyl Intermediates and Other Activities. The Advanced Engineered Materials segment includes the Company’s engineered materials business and certain affiliates. The Consumer Specialties segment includes the Company’s cellulose derivatives and food ingredients businesses, which serve consumer-driven applications. The Industrial Specialties segment includes the Company’s emulsion polymers and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) polymers businesses. The Acetyl Intermediates segment includes the Company’s intermediate chemistry business, which produces and supplies acetyl products, including acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), acetic anhydride and acetate esters. The Company has operations in North America, Europe and Asia. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 30 global production facilities.

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