Versum Materials (NYSE: VSM) is one of 45 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialty Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Versum Materials to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Versum Materials and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Versum Materials Competitors||169||1024||1279||24||2.46|
Versum Materials currently has a consensus target price of $36.11, suggesting a potential downside of 9.31%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 1.71%. Given Versum Materials’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Versum Materials has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Versum Materials and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Versum Materials||$1.13 billion||$193.00 million||22.50|
|Versum Materials Competitors||$1.91 billion||$115.75 million||246.01|
Versum Materials’ competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Versum Materials. Versum Materials is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
Volatility and Risk
Versum Materials has a beta of 1.62, indicating that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Versum Materials’ competitors have a beta of 1.35, indicating that their average stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Versum Materials and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Versum Materials Competitors||-7.16%||-0.67%||3.50%|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
90.7% of Versum Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.5% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Versum Materials shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Versum Materials pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Versum Materials pays out 11.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 26.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
Versum Materials beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.
About Versum Materials
Versum Materials, Inc. is a provider of solutions to the semiconductor and display industries. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacturing, transportation and handling of specialty materials. Its segments include Materials; Delivery Systems and Services (DS&S), and Corporate. The Materials segment is an integrated provider of specialty materials for the electronics industry, focusing on the integrated circuit and flat-panel display markets. The DS&S segment designs, manufactures, installs, operates, and maintains chemical and gas delivery and distribution systems for specialty gases and chemicals delivered directly to its customers’ manufacturing tools. The Company is engaged in molecular design and synthesis, purification, advanced analytics, formulation development and containers and delivery systems for the handling of high purity materials.
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