Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (NYSE: ACH) and Arconic (NASDAQ:ARNC) are both large-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.3% of Aluminum Corporation of China Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Aluminum Corporation of China Limited and Arconic’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aluminum Corporation of China Limited $24.56 billion 0.49 $1.98 billion $0.03 621.67
Arconic $12.56 billion 0.89 $1.35 billion N/A N/A

Aluminum Corporation of China Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Arconic.


This table compares Aluminum Corporation of China Limited and Arconic’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aluminum Corporation of China Limited N/A N/A N/A
Arconic 6.50% 14.01% 4.33%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Aluminum Corporation of China Limited and Arconic, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aluminum Corporation of China Limited 0 0 2 0 3.00
Arconic 1 3 5 0 2.44

Arconic has a consensus target price of $27.11, suggesting a potential upside of 6.44%. Given Arconic’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Arconic is more favorable than Aluminum Corporation of China Limited.


Arconic beats Aluminum Corporation of China Limited on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aluminum Corporation of China Limited

Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (Chalco) is an aluminum producer with operations in bauxite and coal mining, alumina refining and primary aluminum smelting. The Company operates through alumina segment, including the mining and purchasing of bauxite and other raw materials, and production and sale of alumina, as well as alumina-related products; primary aluminum segment includes the procurement of alumina, other raw materials, supplemental materials and electricity power, the production and sale of primary aluminum and aluminum-related products; trading segment is engaged in the trading of alumina, primary aluminum, other non-ferrous metal products, and crude fuels; energy segment includes coal mining and power generation, including conventional coal-fire power generation and renewable energy generation, such as wind power and photovoltaic power, and corporate and other operating segment includes corporate and other aluminum-related research, development, and other activities.

About Arconic

Arconic Inc., formerly Alcoa Inc., is engaged in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing. The Company operates through three segments: Global Rolled Products, Engineered Products and Solutions, and Transportation and Construction Solutions. Its multi-material products, which include aluminum, titanium and nickel, are used around the world in markets, such as aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation and packaging. The Global Rolled Products segment produces a range of aluminum sheet and plate products for the aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, brazing and industrial markets. The Engineered Products and Solutions segment develops and manufactures products for the aerospace (commercial and defense), commercial transportation and power generation end markets. The Transportation and Construction Solutions segment produces products that are used in the non-residential building and construction and commercial transportation end markets.

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