Head-To-Head Comparison: PolyOne Corporation (POL) vs. Solutia (SOA)

PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL) and Solutia (NYSE:SOA) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares PolyOne Corporation and Solutia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PolyOne Corporation -1.87% 27.77% 6.61%
Solutia N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

PolyOne Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Solutia does not pay a dividend. PolyOne Corporation pays out -71.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Solutia has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.4% of PolyOne Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of PolyOne Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PolyOne Corporation and Solutia’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PolyOne Corporation $3.34 billion 1.09 $165.20 million ($0.76) -59.21
Solutia N/A N/A N/A $2.06 N/A

PolyOne Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Solutia. PolyOne Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Solutia, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for PolyOne Corporation and Solutia, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PolyOne Corporation 0 1 5 0 2.83
Solutia 0 0 0 0 N/A

PolyOne Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $43.17, indicating a potential downside of 4.07%.

Summary

PolyOne Corporation beats Solutia on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

PolyOne Corporation Company Profile

PolyOne Corporation (PolyOne) provides specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The Company’s segments include Color, Additives and Inks; Specialty Engineered Materials; Performance Products and Solutions, and PolyOne Distribution. The Color, Additives and Inks segment provides custom color and additive concentrates in solid and liquid form for thermoplastics, dispersions for thermosets. The Specialty Engineered Materials segment provides specialty polymer formulations, services and solutions for designers, assemblers and processors of thermoplastic materials. The Performance Products and Solutions segment consists of the Geon Performance Materials and Producer Services business units. As of December 31, 2016, the PolyOne Distribution segment distributed more than 4,000 grades of engineering and commodity grade resins.

Solutia Company Profile

Solutia Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is a global manufacturer of performance materials and specialty chemicals used in a range of consumer and industrial applications, including interlayers and aftermarket film for automotive and architectural glass; chemicals that promote safety and durability in tires, and encapsulants, coatings and specialty chemicals used in a variety of electronic, industrial and energy solutions. The Company operates in three segments: Advanced Interlayers; Performance Films; and Technical Specialties. On November 23, 2011, the Company acquired Southwall Technologies Inc. (Southwall). In April 2011, the Company sold its Santoweb and Vocol businesses to Rhein Chemie, a wholly owned subsidiary of LANXESS AG.

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