Trinseo (NYSE: TSE) is one of 52 public companies in the “Specialty Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Trinseo to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

Dividends

Trinseo pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Trinseo pays out 20.3% 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. Trinseo is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Trinseo has a beta of 2.39, suggesting that its stock price is 139% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trinseo’s rivals have a beta of 1.58, suggesting that their average stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Trinseo and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Trinseo $4.10 billion $477.25 million 9.55
Trinseo Competitors $1.95 billion $301.80 million 16.72

Trinseo has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Trinseo is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Trinseo and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trinseo 7.88% 67.05% 13.27%
Trinseo Competitors -2.31% 9.09% 4.11%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.8% of Trinseo shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Trinseo 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, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Trinseo and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trinseo 0 2 3 0 2.60
Trinseo Competitors 255 1208 1321 33 2.40

Trinseo presently has a consensus price target of $74.25, indicating a potential upside of 9.84%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 2.66%. Given Trinseo’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Trinseo is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Trinseo beats its rivals on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

About Trinseo

Trinseo S.A. is a materials company engaged in the manufacture and marketing of synthetic rubber, latex and plastics. The Company’s segments include Latex Binders, Synthetic Rubber, Performance Plastics, Basic Plastics, Feedstocks and Americas Styrenics. The Latex Binders segment produces styrene-butadiene latex (SB latex) and other latex polymers and binders. The Synthetic Rubber segment produces synthetic rubber products used in tires, impact modifiers and technical rubber products. The Performance Plastics segment produces compounds and blends and specialized acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) grades. The Basic Plastics segment produces styrenic polymers, including polystyrene, basic ABS, and styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) products, as well as polycarbonate (PC). The Feedstocks segment includes its production and procurement of styrene monomer outside of North America. The Americas Styrenics segment consists of the operations of its joint venture, Americas Styrenics LLC.

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