Comparing HB Fuller (FUL) and Its Peers

HB Fuller (NYSE: FUL) is one of 113 public companies in the “CHEMICALS” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare HB Fuller to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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93.8% of HB Fuller shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.2% of shares of all “CHEMICALS” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of HB Fuller shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.5% of shares of all “CHEMICALS” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for HB Fuller and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HB Fuller 0 3 4 0 2.57
HB Fuller Competitors 437 2133 3149 104 2.50

HB Fuller presently has a consensus target price of $61.60, indicating a potential upside of 27.85%. As a group, “CHEMICALS” companies have a potential upside of 12.90%. Given HB Fuller’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe HB Fuller is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares HB Fuller and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HB Fuller 2.53% 12.83% 4.68%
HB Fuller Competitors 5.06% 90.16% 4.81%

Dividends

HB Fuller pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. HB Fuller pays out 53.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “CHEMICALS” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 35.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. HB Fuller has increased its dividend for 48 consecutive years. HB Fuller lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares HB Fuller and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
HB Fuller $2.31 billion $58.24 million 42.64
HB Fuller Competitors $5.72 billion $429.74 million 12.35

HB Fuller’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than HB Fuller. HB Fuller is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

HB Fuller has a beta of 1.53, meaning that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HB Fuller’s rivals have a beta of 0.91, meaning that their average share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

HB Fuller rivals beat HB Fuller on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About HB Fuller

H.B. Fuller Company, together with its subsidiaries, formulates, manufactures, and markets adhesives, sealants, and other specialty chemical products worldwide. The company operates through six segments: Americas Adhesives; EIMEA (Europe, India, Middle East and Africa); Asia Pacific; Construction Products; Engineering Adhesives; and Royal Adhesives. It offers a range of specialty adhesives, such as thermoplastic, thermoset, reactive, water-based, and solvent-based products, as well as sealants, coatings, polymers, tapes, encapsulants, and additives for use in a range of commercial, industrial, and institutional applications; and caulks and sealants for the consumer market and professional trade. The company also provides industrial adhesives products for applications in various markets, including assembly, packaging, converting, nonwoven and hygiene, performance wood, flooring, textile, flexible packaging, graphic arts, envelope, transportation, electronics, medical, clean energy, appliance, heavy machinery, audio equipment, automotive, and structural markets. In addition, it offers adhesives, grouts, mortars, sealers, and levelers for tile setting; and duct sealants, weather barriers and fungicidal coatings, and block fillers for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and insulation applications. It serves manufacturers of food and beverages, hygiene products, clothing, appliances, electronics, automobiles, aerospace and defense, solar energy systems, filters, construction materials, wood flooring, furniture, cabinetry, windows, doors, tissue and towel, corrugation, tube winding, packaging, labels, and tapes. The company sells its products through direct sales force, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers. H.B. Fuller Company was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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