Cabot (NYSE:CBT) and Ener-Core (OTCMKTS:ENCR) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cabot and Ener-Core, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cabot 0 0 6 0 3.00
Ener-Core 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cabot presently has a consensus target price of $76.00, suggesting a potential upside of 47.46%. Given Cabot’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cabot is more favorable than Ener-Core.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cabot and Ener-Core’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cabot $3.24 billion 0.98 $241.00 million $4.03 12.79
Ener-Core N/A N/A -$11.16 million N/A N/A

Cabot has higher revenue and earnings than Ener-Core.

Risk & Volatility

Cabot has a beta of 1.5, suggesting that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ener-Core has a beta of -0.8, suggesting that its stock price is 180% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Cabot pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Ener-Core does not pay a dividend. Cabot pays out 32.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cabot has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.7% of Cabot shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Cabot shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.8% of Ener-Core shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Cabot and Ener-Core’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cabot -3.49% 18.82% 8.03%
Ener-Core N/A N/A -140.20%

Summary

Cabot beats Ener-Core on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cabot Company Profile

Cabot Corporation operates as a specialty chemicals and performance materials company. The company offers carbon black, a form of elemental carbon used to enhance the physical properties of the systems and applications in which it is incorporated; and rubber blacks for use as a rubber reinforcing agent and performance additive in tires, hoses, belts, extruded profiles, and molded goods. It also provides compounds of carbon black and rubber primarily for tire applications; and cesium formate, a drilling and completion fluid for use in high pressure and high temperature oil and gas well construction. In addition, the company offers specialty grades of carbon black used in inks, coatings, plastics, adhesives, toners, batteries, and displays applications; masterbatch and conductive compound products for use in automotive, industrial, packaging, consumer products, and electronics industries; inkjet colorants used in the inkjet printing applications; and fumed silica, fumed alumina, and dispersions for automotive, construction, microelectronics, batteries, and consumer products industries, as well as aerogel, a hydrophobic, silica-based particle for use in various thermal insulation and specialty chemical applications. Further, it provides activated carbon products used for the purification of water, air, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and other liquids and gases; as a chemical carrier; and as a colorant or a decolorizing agent. The company sells its products primarily through distributors and sales representatives in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Cabot Corporation was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ener-Core Company Profile

Ener-Core, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, license, and market its products that are based on Power Oxidizer technologies. The company's Power Oxidizer technology generates industrial levels of usable heat in a pressure vessel using various organic gases as fuel for an oxidation reaction. Its products include Ener-Core PowerStation EC250 and Ener-Core Powerstation KG2-3GEF/PO, which have applications in landfills, distilleries, and various industrial processes. The company sells its products directly, as well as through distributors in the United States and the Netherlands. Ener-Core, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California.

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