Financial Comparison: Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC) vs. The Competition

Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE: CCC) is one of 35 publicly-traded companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Calgon Carbon Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Calgon Carbon Corporation has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Calgon Carbon Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.17, meaning that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Calgon Carbon Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Calgon Carbon Corporation $557.15 million $80.63 million 143.33
Calgon Carbon Corporation Competitors $4.16 billion $893.20 million 36.22

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

Profitability

This table compares Calgon Carbon Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calgon Carbon Corporation 1.27% 5.46% 2.81%
Calgon Carbon Corporation Competitors -23.29% 24.61% 5.90%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.2% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.0% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Calgon Carbon Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calgon Carbon Corporation 1 3 0 0 1.75
Calgon Carbon Corporation Competitors 104 782 1168 34 2.54

Calgon Carbon Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $19.63, suggesting a potential downside of 8.72%. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 1.22%. Given Calgon Carbon Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Calgon Carbon Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

Calgon Carbon Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Calgon Carbon Corporation pays out 133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 48.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Calgon Carbon Corporation lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Summary

Calgon Carbon Corporation peers beat Calgon Carbon Corporation on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

Calgon Carbon Corporation 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.

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