CSW Industrials (NASDAQ: CSWI) and PQ Group Holdings (NYSE:PQG) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares CSW Industrials and PQ Group Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CSW Industrials 5.39% 10.77% 7.66%
PQ Group Holdings N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CSW Industrials and PQ Group Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CSW Industrials $327.08 million 2.26 $11.07 million $1.20 38.50
PQ Group Holdings $1.06 billion 1.46 -$79.74 million N/A N/A

CSW Industrials has higher revenue, but lower earnings than PQ Group Holdings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

68.0% of CSW Industrials shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.2% of PQ Group Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of CSW Industrials shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for CSW Industrials and PQ Group Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CSW Industrials 0 0 2 0 3.00
PQ Group Holdings 0 3 7 0 2.70

CSW Industrials currently has a consensus price target of $60.00, suggesting a potential upside of 29.87%. PQ Group Holdings has a consensus price target of $19.85, suggesting a potential upside of 27.49%. Given CSW Industrials’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CSW Industrials is more favorable than PQ Group Holdings.

Summary

CSW Industrials beats PQ Group Holdings on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

CSW Industrials Company Profile

CSW Industrials, Inc. (CSWI) is a diversified industrial growth company. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial Products; Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives, and Specialty Chemicals. The Industrial Products segment consists of specialty mechanical products; fire and smoke protection products; architecturally specified building products, and storage, filtration and application equipment. The Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives segment comprises coatings and penetrants, pipe thread sealants, firestopping sealants, and caulks and adhesives/solvent cements. The Specialty Chemicals segment manufactures and supplies specialized consumables that impart or enhance properties, such as lubricity, anti-seize qualities, friction and heat control. Markets that it serves include HVAC, industrial, rail, plumbing, architecturally specified building products, energy, mining and other general industrial markets.

PQ Group Holdings Company Profile

PQ Group Holdings Inc is a global provider of catalysts, specialty materials, chemicals and services that enable environmental improvements. The Company’s products and solutions help companies produce vehicles with fuel efficiency. The Company has developed zeolite-based catalysts to reduce pollutants in diesel engines. The Company’s segments include environmental catalysts and services, and performance materials and chemicals. Environmental catalysts and services segment has three product groups, including silica catalysts, zeolite catalysts, and refining services. Silica catalysts product group sells both the finished catalyst and catalysts supports, for the production of high-density polyethylene (HDPE).zeolite catalysts product group is a supplier of emissions control catalysts as well as a supplier of specialty catalysts, precursors, and formulations. Performance materials and chemicals segment has two product groups, including performance materials and performance chemicals.

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