Reviewing Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC) and Albemarle Corporation (ALB)

Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE: CCC) and Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, 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%. Albemarle Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Calgon Carbon Corporation pays out 166.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Albemarle Corporation pays out 45.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Albemarle Corporation has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Calgon Carbon Corporation and Albemarle Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calgon Carbon Corporation 1 3 0 0 1.75
Albemarle Corporation 0 7 12 0 2.63

Calgon Carbon Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $19.63, suggesting a potential downside of 8.29%. Albemarle Corporation has a consensus target price of $125.67, suggesting a potential downside of 12.35%. Given Calgon Carbon Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Calgon Carbon Corporation is more favorable than Albemarle Corporation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Calgon Carbon Corporation and Albemarle Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calgon Carbon Corporation $514.25 million 2.11 $13.79 million $0.12 178.35
Albemarle Corporation $2.68 billion 5.92 $643.67 million $2.80 51.20

Albemarle Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Calgon Carbon Corporation. Albemarle Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Calgon Carbon Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.7% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.6% of Albemarle Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Albemarle Corporation shares are owned 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calgon Carbon Corporation 0.97% 5.65% 2.75%
Albemarle Corporation 30.07% 11.61% 5.99%

Volatility and Risk

Calgon Carbon Corporation has a beta of 1.2, indicating that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Albemarle Corporation has a beta of 1.72, indicating that its share price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Albemarle Corporation beats Calgon Carbon Corporation on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Calgon Carbon Corporation Company Profile

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.

Albemarle Corporation Company Profile

Albemarle Corporation is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Lithium and Advanced Materials, Bromine Specialties and Refining Solutions. Lithium and Advanced Materials segment consist of two product categories: Lithium and Performance Catalyst Solutions. The bromine and bromine-based business includes products used in fire safety solutions and other specialty chemicals applications. The Company serves various end markets, including petroleum refining, consumer electronics, energy storage, construction, automotive, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food safety and custom chemistry services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company and its joint ventures operated 31 production and research and development (R&D) facilities, as well as a number of administrative and sales offices, around the world.

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