Contrasting Calgon Carbon (CCC) and Airgas (ARG)

Airgas (NYSE: ARG) and Calgon Carbon (NYSE:CCC) are both companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Airgas and Calgon Carbon, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Airgas 0 0 0 0 N/A
Calgon Carbon 1 2 0 0 1.67

Calgon Carbon has a consensus target price of $20.83, suggesting a potential downside of 3.10%. Given Calgon Carbon’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Calgon Carbon is more favorable than Airgas.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Airgas and Calgon Carbon’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Airgas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Calgon Carbon $619.81 million 1.76 $21.10 million N/A N/A

Calgon Carbon has higher revenue and earnings than Airgas.

Dividends

Airgas pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Calgon Carbon pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Airgas has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years. Airgas is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Airgas 5.98% 15.44% 5.04%
Calgon Carbon 3.40% 6.63% 3.23%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.5% of Calgon Carbon shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of Calgon Carbon shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Airgas beats Calgon Carbon on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Airgas Company Profile

Airgas, Inc. is a supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hard goods, such as welding equipment and related products. The Company is also a producer of atmospheric gases, carbon dioxide, dry ice and nitrous oxide and a supplier of safety products, refrigerants, ammonia products and process chemicals. It operates through two segments: Distribution and All Other Operations. The Distribution segment offers a portfolio of related gas and hard goods products and services to the end customers. The All Other Operations segment consists of five business units which manufacture or distribute carbon dioxide, dry ice, nitrous oxide, ammonia and refrigerant gases. It also offers supply chain management services and solutions, and product and process technical support across many customer segments. It markets its products and services through multiple sales channels, including branch-based sales representatives, retail stores and strategic customer account programs, among others.

Calgon Carbon 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.

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