Analyzing Calgon Carbon (CCC) & PQ Group (PQG)

Calgon Carbon (NYSE: CCC) and PQ Group (NYSE:PQG) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Calgon Carbon and PQ Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calgon Carbon $514.25 million 2.12 $13.79 million $0.12 178.76
PQ Group $1.06 billion 2.06 -$79.74 million N/A N/A

Calgon Carbon has higher earnings, but lower revenue than PQ Group.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calgon Carbon 0.97% 5.65% 2.75%
PQ Group N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Calgon Carbon pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. PQ Group does not pay a dividend. Calgon Carbon 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Calgon Carbon and PQ Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calgon Carbon 1 3 0 0 1.75
PQ Group 0 3 7 0 2.70

Calgon Carbon currently has a consensus price target of $19.63, suggesting a potential downside of 8.51%. PQ Group has a consensus price target of $19.75, suggesting a potential upside of 21.91%. Given PQ Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe PQ Group is more favorable than Calgon Carbon.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.5% of Calgon Carbon shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.3% of PQ Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Calgon Carbon shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Calgon Carbon beats PQ Group on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Calgon Carbon 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.

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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