Head-To-Head Survey: Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) and Albemarle Corporation (ALB)

Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE: CCC) and Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Calgon Carbon Corporation has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Albemarle Corporation has a beta of 1.72, meaning that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Calgon Carbon Corporation and Albemarle Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calgon Carbon Corporation 0.97% 5.65% 2.75%
Albemarle Corporation 30.07% 11.61% 5.99%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Calgon Carbon Corporation and Albemarle Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calgon Carbon Corporation $514.25 million 2.11 $13.79 million $0.12 177.93
Albemarle Corporation $2.68 billion 5.62 $643.67 million $7.73 17.62

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Calgon Carbon Corporation and Albemarle Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calgon Carbon Corporation 1 3 0 0 1.75
Albemarle Corporation 0 7 12 0 2.63

Calgon Carbon Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $19.63, indicating a potential downside of 8.08%. Albemarle Corporation has a consensus price target of $125.67, indicating a potential downside of 7.74%. Given Albemarle Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Albemarle Corporation is more favorable than Calgon Carbon Corporation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.7% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.6% of Albemarle Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Albemarle Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Calgon Carbon Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Albemarle Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Calgon Carbon Corporation pays out 166.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Albemarle Corporation pays out 16.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Albemarle Corporation has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years. Albemarle Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Albemarle Corporation beats Calgon Carbon Corporation on 15 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Calgon Carbon Corporation Company Profile

Calgon Carbon Corporation is a manufacturer of activated carbon, with capabilities in ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection. The Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a range of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. The Company operates through four segments: Activated Carbon and Service, Equipment, Consumer and Other. The Company’s products and services are designed to protect human health and the environment from harmful contaminants in water, and air. The Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a range of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. The Company operates in the United States, Europe, Japan, Africa, Canada, China, India, Latin America, and in other parts of Asia.

Albemarle Corporation Company Profile

Albemarle Corporation is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Lithium and Advanced Materials, Bromine Specialties and Refining Solutions. Lithium and Advanced Materials segment consist of two product categories: Lithium and Performance Catalyst Solutions. The bromine and bromine-based business includes products used in fire safety solutions and other specialty chemicals applications. The Company serves various end markets, including petroleum refining, consumer electronics, energy storage, construction, automotive, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food safety and custom chemistry services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company and its joint ventures operated 31 production and research and development (R&D) facilities, as well as a number of administrative and sales offices, around the world.

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