Ingevity Corp (NASDAQ: NGVT) and CSW Industrials (NASDAQ:CSWI) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ingevity Corp and CSW Industrials’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ingevity Corp $942.10 million 3.09 $216.90 million N/A N/A
CSW Industrials $341.00 million 2.18 $58.23 million $0.98 47.86

Ingevity Corp has higher revenue and earnings than CSW Industrials.

Profitability

This table compares Ingevity Corp and CSW Industrials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ingevity Corp 13.75% 76.78% 16.55%
CSW Industrials 4.54% 10.53% 7.39%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Ingevity Corp and CSW Industrials, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ingevity Corp 0 0 5 0 3.00
CSW Industrials 0 0 1 0 3.00

Ingevity Corp presently has a consensus price target of $69.20, indicating a potential upside of 0.30%. Given Ingevity Corp’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Ingevity Corp is more favorable than CSW Industrials.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.4% of CSW Industrials shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of CSW Industrials shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Ingevity Corp beats CSW Industrials on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ingevity Corp Company Profile

Ingevity Corporation is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals and high performance carbon materials. The Company is also a manufacturer of activated carbon used in gasoline vapor emission control systems in cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats. The Company operates through two segments: Performance Materials and Performance Chemicals. The Performance Materials segment primarily produces automotive carbon products used in gasoline vapor emission control systems in cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats. The Performance Chemicals segment develops, manufactures and sells a range of specialty chemicals primarily derived from co-products of the Kraft pulping process. Its products are used in a range of applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions.

CSW Industrials Company Profile

CSW Industrials, Inc. (CSWI) is a diversified industrial growth company. The Company operates through three segments: Industrial Products; Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives, and Specialty Chemicals. The Industrial Products segment consists of specialty mechanical products; fire and smoke protection products; architecturally specified building products, and storage, filtration and application equipment. The Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives segment comprises coatings and penetrants, pipe thread sealants, firestopping sealants, and caulks and adhesives/solvent cements. The Specialty Chemicals segment manufactures and supplies specialized consumables that impart or enhance properties, such as lubricity, anti-seize qualities, friction and heat control. Markets that it serves include HVAC, industrial, rail, plumbing, architecturally specified building products, energy, mining and other general industrial markets.

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