Koppers Holdings (NYSE: KOP) is one of 35 publicly-traded companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Koppers Holdings to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.9% of Koppers Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Koppers Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.9% 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 Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Koppers Holdings and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Koppers Holdings 0 1 3 0 2.75
Koppers Holdings Competitors 190 1006 1282 56 2.48

Koppers Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $45.75, suggesting a potential downside of 0.87%. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 1.05%. Given Koppers Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Koppers Holdings is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Koppers Holdings and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Koppers Holdings $1.41 billion $169.90 million 23.31
Koppers Holdings Competitors $4.37 billion $977.53 million 32.53

Koppers Holdings’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Koppers Holdings. Koppers Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Koppers Holdings has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Koppers Holdings’ competitors have a beta of 1.16, meaning that their average stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Koppers Holdings and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Koppers Holdings 3.02% 153.51% 6.24%
Koppers Holdings Competitors -27.97% 23.86% 5.35%

Summary

Koppers Holdings beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Koppers Holdings Company Profile

Koppers Holdings Inc. is a global integrated provider of treated wood products, wood treatment chemicals and carbon compounds. The Company operates through three segments: Railroad and Utility Products and Services (RUPS), Carbon Materials and Chemicals (CMC) and Performance Chemicals (PC). The RUPS business sells treated and untreated wood products, rail joint bars and services primarily to the railroad markets. The primary products supplied by PC business are copper-based wood preservatives, including micronized copper quaternary and micronized copper azole (MicroPro), micronized pigments (MicroShades) and chromated copper arsenate. Through CMC business, the Company processes coal tar into a range of products, including carbon pitch, creosote and carbon black feedstock. Its products and services are used in a range of markets, including the railroad, specialty chemical, utility, residential lumber, agriculture, aluminum, steel, rubber and construction industries.

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