Innospec (NASDAQ: IOSP) is one of 52 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialty Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Innospec to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Innospec and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Innospec 0 0 1 0 3.00
Innospec Competitors 160 1004 1259 24 2.47

Innospec presently has a consensus price target of $65.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.08%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 2.72%. Given Innospec’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Innospec is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Innospec and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Innospec $1.06 billion $150.30 million 19.95
Innospec Competitors $1.96 billion $301.95 million 16.17

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

Risk and Volatility

Innospec has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Innospec’s competitors have a beta of 1.59, meaning that their average stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Innospec pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Innospec pays out 24.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 27.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.7% of Innospec shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Innospec shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Innospec 7.22% 14.77% 8.39%
Innospec Competitors -2.47% 8.99% 4.06%

Summary

Innospec beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Innospec Company Profile

Innospec Inc. is a specialty chemicals company engaged in developing, manufacturing, blending, marketing and supplying of specialty chemicals for use as fuel additives and ingredients for personal care, home care, agrochemical, mining and other applications and oilfield chemicals. The Company operates through four business segments: Fuel Specialties, Performance Chemicals, Oilfield Services and Octane Additives. Its Fuel Specialties develops, manufactures, blends, markets and supplies various specialty chemical products that are used as additives for a range of fuels. Its Performance Chemicals provides technology-based solutions. Its Oilfield Services business supplies drilling, completion and production chemicals. Its Octane Additives business manufactures a fuel additive for use in automotive gasoline and provides services in respect of environmental remediation. Its customers include oil and gas exploration and production companies, fuel users, and oil refiners among others.

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