Axalta Coating Systems (NASDAQ: AXTA) and RPM International (NYSE:RPM) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Axalta Coating Systems and RPM International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Axalta Coating Systems 1 7 7 0 2.40
RPM International 0 2 4 0 2.67

Axalta Coating Systems currently has a consensus target price of $33.07, indicating a potential upside of 12.49%. RPM International has a consensus target price of $57.20, indicating a potential upside of 16.17%. Given RPM International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe RPM International is more favorable than Axalta Coating Systems.

Dividends

RPM International pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Axalta Coating Systems does not pay a dividend. RPM International pays out 90.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Axalta Coating Systems has increased its dividend for 42 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.6% of RPM International shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of RPM International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Axalta Coating Systems and RPM International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Axalta Coating Systems -1.73% -6.61% -1.20%
RPM International 3.67% 25.02% 7.14%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Axalta Coating Systems and RPM International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Axalta Coating Systems $4.17 billion 1.71 $846.10 million N/A N/A
RPM International $4.96 billion 1.33 $638.94 million $1.32 37.30

Axalta Coating Systems has higher revenue, but lower earnings than RPM International.

Summary

RPM International beats Axalta Coating Systems on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Axalta Coating Systems

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of coatings systems primarily serving the transportation industry. The Company’s segments include Performance Coatings and Transportation Coatings. Through its Performance Coatings segment, the Company provides liquid and powder coatings solutions to a fragmented and local customer base. Through its Transportation Coatings segment, the Company provides coating technologies to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light and commercial vehicles. The Performance Coatings segment serves various end markets, including refinish and industrial. The Company develops, markets and supplies a portfolio of coatings systems and color matching technologies. The Company also develops and supplies an array of coatings systems for a range of commercial applications, including heavy-duty truck (HDT), bus, rail and agricultural construction equipment (ACE).

About RPM International

RPM International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets and sells various specialty chemical product lines, including specialty paints, protective coatings, roofing systems, sealants and adhesives, focusing on the maintenance of industrial, specialty and consumer markets. The Company operates through three segments: the industrial reportable segment (industrial segment), the specialty reportable segment (specialty segment) and the consumer reportable segment (consumer segment). Its family of products includes those marketed under brand names, such as API, Carboline, CAVE, DAP, Day-Glo, Dri-Eaz, Dryvit, Euclid, EUCO, Fibergrate, Flecto, Flowcrete, Grupo PV, Hummervoll, illbruck, Mohawk, Rust-Oleum, Stonhard, TCI, Toxement, Tremco, Tuf-Strand, Universal Sealants, Viapol, Watco and Zinsser. As of May 31, 2016, its subsidiaries marketed products in approximately 164 countries and territories, and operated manufacturing facilities in approximately 120 locations.

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