Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE) and Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ferro Corporation and Huntsman Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ferro Corporation 0 0 4 0 3.00
Huntsman Corporation 0 1 8 0 2.89

Ferro Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.12%. Huntsman Corporation has a consensus target price of $31.33, suggesting a potential upside of 2.00%. Given Huntsman Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Huntsman Corporation is more favorable than Ferro Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.2% of Ferro Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.4% of Huntsman Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Ferro Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.0% of Huntsman Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Ferro Corporation has a beta of 1.9, suggesting that its stock price is 90% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Huntsman Corporation has a beta of 2.87, suggesting that its stock price is 187% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Huntsman Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Ferro Corporation does not pay a dividend. Huntsman Corporation pays out 29.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ferro Corporation and Huntsman Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ferro Corporation $1.15 billion 1.77 -$20.81 million $0.52 46.62
Huntsman Corporation $9.66 billion 0.76 $326.00 million $1.72 17.86

Huntsman Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Ferro Corporation. Huntsman Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ferro Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Ferro Corporation and Huntsman Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ferro Corporation 3.44% 35.77% 7.57%
Huntsman Corporation 5.37% 30.64% 6.06%

Summary

Huntsman Corporation beats Ferro Corporation on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ferro Corporation Company Profile

Ferro Corporation (Ferro) produces specialty materials that are sold to a range of manufacturers. The Company’s segments include Performance Coatings; Performance Colors and Glass, and Pigments, Powders and Oxides. Its Performance Coatings segment includes Tile Coating Systems and Porcelain Enamel. Its manufacturers make products for various end-use markets. The Company’s products fall into two general categories: functional coatings, which perform specific functions in the manufacturing processes and end products of its customers, and color solutions, which provide aesthetic and performance characteristics to its customers’ products. Its products are used in a range of product applications in markets, including appliances, automobiles, building and renovation, electronics, household furnishings, industrial products and packaging.

Huntsman Corporation Company Profile

Huntsman Corporation is a manufacturer of differentiated organic chemical products and of inorganic chemical products. The Company operates all of its businesses through its subsidiary, Huntsman International LLC (Huntsman International). The Company operates through five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives. Its Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials and Textile Effects segments produce differentiated organic chemical products and its Pigments and Additives segment produces inorganic chemical products. The Company’s products are used in a range of applications, including those in the adhesives, aerospace, automotive, construction products, personal care and hygiene, durable and non-durable consumer products, digital inks, electronics, medical, packaging, paints and coatings, power generation, refining, synthetic fiber, textile chemicals and dye industries.

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