Axiall Corp (NYSE: GGC) and Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Dividends

Calgon Carbon Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Axiall Corp does not pay a dividend. 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Axiall Corp and Calgon Carbon Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Axiall Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Calgon Carbon Corporation $557.15 million 1.96 $80.63 million $0.15 143.00

Calgon Carbon Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Axiall Corp.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Axiall Corp and Calgon Carbon Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Axiall Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Calgon Carbon Corporation 1 3 0 0 1.75

Calgon Carbon Corporation has a consensus price target of $19.63, suggesting a potential downside of 8.51%. Given Calgon Carbon Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Calgon Carbon Corporation is more favorable than Axiall Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Axiall Corp and Calgon Carbon Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Axiall Corp -3.52% -7.36% -2.47%
Calgon Carbon Corporation 1.27% 5.46% 2.81%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.2% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are held by company 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.

Summary

Calgon Carbon Corporation beats Axiall Corp on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Axiall Corp

Axiall Corporation (Axiall) is a manufacturer and international marketer of chemicals and building products. The Company operates through two segments: chlorovinyls and building products. Its products include chlorine, caustic soda, vinyl chloride monomer, siding and exterior accessories, and pipe and pipe fittings, among others. The Company’s chlorovinyls segment produces a chain of products, including chlor-alkali and derivative products, such as vinyl resins, ethylene dichloride (or 1, 2 dichloroethane) (EDC), chlorinated solvents, calcium hypochlorite, hydrochloric acid (HCL) and phosgene derivatives, and compound products, such as vinyl compounds and compound additives and plasticizers. The Company’s building products segment consists of over two primary product groups: window and door profiles and trim, moldings and deck products, and outdoor building products, which includes siding and exterior accessories, pipe and pipe fittings.

About Calgon Carbon Corporation

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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