Head-To-Head Review: Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC) & Celanese Corporation (CE)

Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE: CCC) and Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Calgon Carbon Corporation and Celanese Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calgon Carbon Corporation $557.15 million 1.21 $80.63 million $0.15 88.67
Celanese Corporation $5.62 billion 2.45 $1.16 billion $5.89 16.99

Celanese Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Calgon Carbon Corporation. Celanese 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calgon Carbon Corporation 1.27% 5.46% 2.81%
Celanese Corporation 14.89% 31.23% 11.24%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Calgon Carbon Corporation and Celanese Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calgon Carbon Corporation 0 2 2 0 2.50
Celanese Corporation 1 4 8 1 2.64

Calgon Carbon Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $17.75, indicating a potential upside of 33.46%. Celanese Corporation has a consensus target price of $102.23, indicating a potential upside of 2.14%. Given Calgon Carbon Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Calgon Carbon Corporation is more favorable than Celanese Corporation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.2% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.2% of Celanese Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Calgon Carbon Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Celanese Corporation shares are held 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.

Volatility & Risk

Calgon Carbon Corporation has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Celanese Corporation has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Calgon Carbon Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Celanese Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Calgon Carbon Corporation pays out 133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Celanese Corporation pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Celanese Corporation has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Celanese Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Celanese Corporation beats Calgon Carbon Corporation on 15 of the 18 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.

Celanese Corporation Company Profile

Celanese Corporation (Celanese) is a technology and specialty materials company. The Company’s segments include Advanced Engineered Materials, Consumer Specialties, Industrial Specialties, Acetyl Intermediates and Other Activities. The Advanced Engineered Materials segment includes the Company’s engineered materials business and certain affiliates. The Consumer Specialties segment includes the Company’s cellulose derivatives and food ingredients businesses, which serve consumer-driven applications. The Industrial Specialties segment includes the Company’s emulsion polymers and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) polymers businesses. The Acetyl Intermediates segment includes the Company’s intermediate chemistry business, which produces and supplies acetyl products, including acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), acetic anhydride and acetate esters. The Company has operations in North America, Europe and Asia. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 30 global production facilities.

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