Orion Engineered Carbons S.A (NYSE: OEC) and Minerals Technologies (NYSE:MTX) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

Dividends

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A pays an annual dividend of $0.81 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Minerals Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Orion Engineered Carbons S.A pays out 95.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Minerals Technologies pays out 4.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

37.2% of Orion Engineered Carbons S.A shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.4% of Minerals Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Minerals Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Orion Engineered Carbons S.A and Minerals Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Orion Engineered Carbons S.A $1.37 billion 1.00 $269.86 million $0.85 27.12
Minerals Technologies $1.62 billion 1.57 $349.20 million $4.40 16.51

Minerals Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. Minerals Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Orion Engineered Carbons S.A, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Orion Engineered Carbons S.A and Minerals Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Orion Engineered Carbons S.A 4.12% 148.13% 8.81%
Minerals Technologies 9.62% 15.04% 5.56%

Risk & Volatility

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its share price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Minerals Technologies has a beta of 2.23, indicating that its share price is 123% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Orion Engineered Carbons S.A and Minerals Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Orion Engineered Carbons S.A 0 1 3 0 2.75
Minerals Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A presently has a consensus target price of $23.50, suggesting a potential upside of 1.95%. Minerals Technologies has a consensus target price of $80.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.12%. Given Minerals Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Minerals Technologies is more favorable than Orion Engineered Carbons S.A.

Summary

Minerals Technologies beats Orion Engineered Carbons S.A on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A Company Profile

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. is a producer of carbon black. The Company operates through two segments: Specialty Carbon Black and Rubber Carbon Black. The Specialty Carbon Black segment is engaged in the production of specialty carbon black. The Rubber Carbon Black segment is involved in the production of rubber carbon black. As of December 31, 2016, it operated a diversified carbon black business with over 280 specialty carbon black grades and approximately 80 rubber carbon black grades. Carbon black is used as a pigment and as a performance additive in coatings, polymers, printing and special applications (specialty carbon black), and in the reinforcement of rubber in tires and mechanical rubber goods (rubber carbon black). As of December 31, 2016, it operated a global platform of 13 production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and South Africa and three sales companies, as well as one jointly-owned production plant in Germany.

Minerals Technologies Company Profile

Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based company that develops, produces and markets a range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services around the world. It operates through four segments. The Specialty Minerals segment produces and sells the synthetic mineral product precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), mines mineral ores, and processes and sells natural mineral products, primarily limestone and talc. The Performance Materials segment is a supplier of bentonite and bentonite-related products to industrial and consumer markets globally. The Refractories segment produces and markets monolithic and shaped refractory materials and specialty products, services and application and measurement equipment. The Energy Services segment offers a range of services to improve the production, costs, compliance and environmental impact of activities performed in the oil and gas industry.

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