Comparing Cytec Industries (CYT) and W. R. Grace & Co (GRA)

Cytec Industries (NYSE: CYT) and W. R. Grace & Co (NYSE:GRA) are both mid-cap specialty chemicals – nec companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Cytec Industries and W. R. Grace & Co, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cytec Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
W. R. Grace & Co 0 3 6 0 2.67

W. R. Grace & Co has a consensus price target of $81.13, suggesting a potential upside of 25.12%. Given W. R. Grace & Co’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe W. R. Grace & Co is more favorable than Cytec Industries.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.9% of W. R. Grace & Co shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of W. R. Grace & Co shares 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.


This table compares Cytec Industries and W. R. Grace & Co’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cytec Industries 11.96% 18.60% 8.55%
W. R. Grace & Co 0.65% 57.99% 7.84%


W. R. Grace & Co pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Cytec Industries does not pay a dividend. W. R. Grace & Co pays out 525.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cytec Industries and W. R. Grace & Co’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cytec Industries N/A N/A N/A $1.78 42.23
W. R. Grace & Co $1.72 billion 2.56 $94.10 million $0.16 405.25

W. R. Grace & Co has higher revenue and earnings than Cytec Industries. Cytec Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than W. R. Grace & Co, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


W. R. Grace & Co beats Cytec Industries on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cytec Industries Company Profile

Cytec Industries Inc. is a global specialty materials and chemicals company focused on developing, manufacturing and selling value-added products. The Company offers aerospace and industrial materials, mining and plastics industries. The Company operates through four segments: Aerospace Materials, Industrial Materials, In Process Separation, and Additive Technologies. The Aerospace Materials segment includes advanced composites, carbon fiber, and structural film adhesives. The Industrial Materials segment includes structural composite materials, which serve automotive, motorsports, recreation, tooling, and other structural materials markets and process materials, which serves aerospace, wind energy, and other process materials markets. The In Process Separation segment includes mining chemicals and phosphines. The Additive Technologies segment includes polymer additives, specialty additives, and formulated resins. The Company operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Solvay.

W. R. Grace & Co Company Profile

W. R. Grace & Co. (Grace) is engaged in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and specialty materials. The Company operates in two segments: Grace Catalysts Technologies and Grace Materials Technologies. The Grace Catalysts Technologies segment includes catalysts and related products and technologies used in refining, petrochemical and other chemical manufacturing applications. The Grace Materials Technologies segment includes specialty materials, including silica-based and silica-alumina-based materials, used in coatings, consumer, industrial, and pharmaceutical applications. It Grace Catalysts Technologies segment produces and sells catalysts and related products and technologies used in refining, petrochemical and other chemical manufacturing applications, including Fluid catalytic cracking catalysts (FCC), Hydroprocessing catalysts (HPC), and Polyolefin catalysts and catalyst supports.

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