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

Dividends

Sensient Technologies Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Sensient Technologies Corporation pays out 48.4% 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. Sensient Technologies Corporation has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Sensient Technologies Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sensient Technologies Corporation 8.16% 17.15% 8.75%
Sensient Technologies Corporation Competitors -2.43% 9.00% 4.06%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Sensient Technologies Corporation $1.36 billion $247.07 million 31.69
Sensient Technologies Corporation Competitors $1.96 billion $301.94 million 16.43

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

Volatility and Risk

Sensient Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sensient Technologies Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.59, suggesting that their average stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Sensient Technologies Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sensient Technologies Corporation 0 0 2 0 3.00
Sensient Technologies Corporation Competitors 161 1013 1266 24 2.47

Sensient Technologies Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $89.15, indicating a potential upside of 13.45%. As a group, “Specialty Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 3.95%. Given Sensient Technologies Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sensient Technologies Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.0% of Sensient Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sensient Technologies Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Specialty Chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Sensient Technologies Corporation beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Sensient Technologies Corporation

Sensient Technologies Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors and fragrances. The Company uses technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals. The Company’s three segments include the Flavors & Fragrances Group and the Color Group, which are managed on a product-and-services basis, and the Asia Pacific Group, which is managed on a geographic basis. The Company’s principal products include flavors, flavor enhancers and bionutrients; fragrances, aroma chemicals and essential oils; natural ingredients, including dehydrated vegetables and other food ingredients; natural and synthetic food and beverage colors; cosmetic colors and ingredients and pharmaceutical excipients and ingredients, and technical colors, specialty inks and colors, and specialty dyes and pigments.

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