PQ Group (NYSE: PQG) is one of 33 public companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare PQ Group to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.3% of PQ Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.8% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by company insiders. 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 & Valuation

This table compares PQ Group and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
PQ Group $1.06 billion -$79.74 million N/A
PQ Group Competitors $4.01 billion $340.26 million 146.63

PQ Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than PQ Group.

Profitability

This table compares PQ Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PQ Group N/A N/A N/A
PQ Group Competitors -29.50% 24.37% 5.63%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for PQ Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PQ Group 0 3 7 0 2.70
PQ Group Competitors 108 846 1248 37 2.54

PQ Group presently has a consensus price target of $19.75, indicating a potential upside of 21.02%. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 4.38%. Given PQ Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe PQ Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

PQ Group competitors beat PQ Group on 7 of the 11 factors compared.

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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