Head to Head Contrast: LyondellBasell Industries (LYB) & Quaker Chemical (KWR)
LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE: LYB) and Quaker Chemical (NYSE:KWR) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.
This table compares LyondellBasell Industries and Quaker Chemical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This table compares LyondellBasell Industries and Quaker Chemical’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|LyondellBasell Industries||$34.48 billion||1.24||$4.88 billion||$10.21||10.64|
|Quaker Chemical||$820.08 million||2.44||$20.27 million||$1.51||99.46|
LyondellBasell Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Quaker Chemical. LyondellBasell Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Quaker Chemical, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for LyondellBasell Industries and Quaker Chemical, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
LyondellBasell Industries currently has a consensus target price of $107.50, indicating a potential downside of 1.08%. Quaker Chemical has a consensus target price of $161.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.20%. Given Quaker Chemical’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Quaker Chemical is more favorable than LyondellBasell Industries.
Volatility & Risk
LyondellBasell Industries has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quaker Chemical has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.
LyondellBasell Industries pays an annual dividend of $3.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Quaker Chemical pays an annual dividend of $1.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. LyondellBasell Industries pays out 35.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Quaker Chemical pays out 94.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. LyondellBasell Industries has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years and Quaker Chemical has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. LyondellBasell Industries is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
74.4% of LyondellBasell Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.2% of Quaker Chemical shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of LyondellBasell Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Quaker Chemical shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
LyondellBasell Industries beats Quaker Chemical on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
About LyondellBasell Industries
LyondellBasell Industries N.V. is a chemical company. The Company operates in five segments: Olefins and Polyolefins-Americas (O&P-Americas), Olefins and Polyolefins-Europe, Asia, International (O&P-EAI), Intermediates and Derivatives (I&D), Refining and Technology. The O&P-Americas segment produces and markets olefins and co-products, polyethylene and polypropylene. The O&P-EAI segment produces and markets olefins and co-products, polyethylene and polypropylene. The I&D segment produces and markets propylene oxide (PO) and its derivatives, oxyfuels and related products, and intermediate chemicals, such as styrene monomer (SM), acetyls and ethylene oxides. The primary product of the Refining segment is refined products made from sulfur crude oil and other crude oils of various types and sources available on the United States Gulf Coast. The Technology segment develops and licenses chemical and polyolefin process technologies and manufactures and sells polyolefin catalysts.
About Quaker Chemical
Quaker Chemical Corporation is a provider of process fluids, chemical specialties, and technical expertise to a range of industries, including steel, aluminum, mining, aerospace, tube and pipe, cans and others. The Company’s segments include North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia/Pacific and South America. It develops, produces, and markets a range of formulated chemical specialty products and offers chemical management services. Its products and services include rolling lubricants (used by manufacturers of steel in the hot and cold rolling of steel and by manufacturers of aluminum in the hot rolling of aluminum); machining and grinding compounds (used by metalworking customers in cutting, shaping, and grinding metal parts, which require special treatment to enable them to tolerate the manufacturing process, achieve closer tolerance, and improve tool life), and hydraulic fluids (used by steel, metalworking, and other customers to operate hydraulic equipment).
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