PolyOne (NYSE: POL) and Solutia (NYSE:SOA) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.


PolyOne pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Solutia does not pay a dividend. PolyOne pays out -71.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Solutia has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.8% of PolyOne shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of PolyOne shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for PolyOne and Solutia, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PolyOne 0 1 5 0 2.83
Solutia 0 0 0 0 N/A

PolyOne currently has a consensus target price of $43.17, indicating a potential downside of 3.47%.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PolyOne and Solutia’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PolyOne $3.34 billion 1.08 $165.20 million ($0.76) -58.84
Solutia N/A N/A N/A $2.06 N/A

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


This table compares PolyOne and Solutia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PolyOne -1.87% 27.77% 6.61%
Solutia N/A N/A N/A


PolyOne beats Solutia on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

PolyOne Company Profile

PolyOne Corporation (PolyOne) provides specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The Company’s segments include Color, Additives and Inks; Specialty Engineered Materials; Performance Products and Solutions, and PolyOne Distribution. The Color, Additives and Inks segment provides custom color and additive concentrates in solid and liquid form for thermoplastics, dispersions for thermosets. The Specialty Engineered Materials segment provides specialty polymer formulations, services and solutions for designers, assemblers and processors of thermoplastic materials. The Performance Products and Solutions segment consists of the Geon Performance Materials and Producer Services business units. As of December 31, 2016, the PolyOne Distribution segment distributed more than 4,000 grades of engineering and commodity grade resins.

Solutia Company Profile

Solutia Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is a global manufacturer of performance materials and specialty chemicals used in a range of consumer and industrial applications, including interlayers and aftermarket film for automotive and architectural glass; chemicals that promote safety and durability in tires, and encapsulants, coatings and specialty chemicals used in a variety of electronic, industrial and energy solutions. The Company operates in three segments: Advanced Interlayers; Performance Films; and Technical Specialties. On November 23, 2011, the Company acquired Southwall Technologies Inc. (Southwall). In April 2011, the Company sold its Santoweb and Vocol businesses to Rhein Chemie, a wholly owned subsidiary of LANXESS AG.

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