PQ Group (NYSE: PQG) is one of 32 public companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare PQ Group to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for PQ Group and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PQ Group 0 3 7 0 2.70
PQ Group Competitors 108 843 1241 36 2.54

PQ Group currently has a consensus price target of $19.75, indicating a potential upside of 20.06%. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 5.16%. Given PQ Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe PQ Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares PQ Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PQ Group N/A N/A N/A
PQ Group Competitors -30.79% 24.85% 5.55%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PQ Group and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
PQ Group $1.06 billion -$79.74 million 411.25
PQ Group Competitors $4.17 billion $353.98 million 158.75

PQ Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than PQ Group. PQ Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.3% of PQ Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.8% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

PQ Group competitors beat PQ Group on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

PQ Group 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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