Critical Contrast: AdvanSix (NYSE:ASIX) and The Competition

AdvanSix (NYSE: ASIX) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialty Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare AdvanSix to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for AdvanSix and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AdvanSix 0 0 1 0 3.00
AdvanSix Competitors 143 830 1100 24 2.48

AdvanSix presently has a consensus price target of $46.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.17%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 8.09%. Given AdvanSix’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe AdvanSix is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.4% of AdvanSix shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.3% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of AdvanSix shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

AdvanSix has a beta of 2.84, suggesting that its stock price is 184% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AdvanSix’s peers have a beta of 1.35, suggesting that their average stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares AdvanSix and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AdvanSix 3.64% 20.30% 5.64%
AdvanSix Competitors -690.80% -5.42% -0.06%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AdvanSix and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AdvanSix $1.19 billion $34.14 million 25.50
AdvanSix Competitors $1.91 billion $115.75 million 149.96

AdvanSix’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than AdvanSix. AdvanSix is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

AdvanSix beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About AdvanSix

AdvanSix Inc. is an integrated manufacturer of Nylon 6. The Company also sells a variety of other products, all of which are produced as part of the Nylon 6 resin manufacturing process primarily, including caprolactam, ammonium sulfate fertilizers and other chemical intermediates. The Company operates primarily through its integrated manufacturing sites located in Frankford, Pennsylvania, Hopewell, Virginia, and Chesterfield, Virginia. The Company offers ammonium sulfate, which is used by customers as a nitrogen-based fertilizer. It produces ammonium sulfate fertilizer as part of its manufacturing process. The Company manufactures ammonium sulfate fertilizers including Sulf-N and Sulf-N 26. The Company provides AdvanSix Aegis nylon resins and Aegis barrier nylon resins. Its nylon resins are a preferred choice in food, liquid, and consumer packaging along with mono/multifilament products, carpet fibers, automotive compounding and more. It offers Capran biaxially oriented nylon films.

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