Head to Head Contrast: Church & Dwight (CHD) vs. The Competition

Church & Dwight (NYSE: CHD) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “SOAPS/COSMETICS” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Church & Dwight to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Church & Dwight and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Church & Dwight 4 6 5 0 2.07
Church & Dwight Competitors 307 1145 1134 29 2.34

Church & Dwight currently has a consensus target price of $51.67, indicating a potential upside of 6.46%. As a group, “SOAPS/COSMETICS” companies have a potential downside of 0.13%. Given Church & Dwight’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Church & Dwight is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

83.6% of Church & Dwight shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of shares of all “SOAPS/COSMETICS” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Church & Dwight shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.8% of shares of all “SOAPS/COSMETICS” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Church & Dwight has a beta of 0.43, indicating that its share price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Church & Dwight’s competitors have a beta of 0.35, indicating that their average share price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Church & Dwight pays an annual dividend of $0.87 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Church & Dwight pays out 29.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “SOAPS/COSMETICS” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 55.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Church & Dwight has increased its dividend for 12 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Church & Dwight and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Church & Dwight $3.78 billion $743.40 million 16.62
Church & Dwight Competitors $15.45 billion $2.24 billion 25.69

Church & Dwight’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Church & Dwight. Church & Dwight is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Church & Dwight and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Church & Dwight 19.69% 24.95% 9.40%
Church & Dwight Competitors 0.18% 21.74% -3.77%

Summary

Church & Dwight competitors beat Church & Dwight on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Consumer Domestic, Consumer International and Specialty Products Division (SPD). The Company also sells specialty products to industrial customers and distributors. The Consumer Domestic segment includes various brands, as well as other household and personal care products, such as KABOOM cleaning products, ARRID antiperspirant, CLOSE-UP and AIM toothpastes and SIMPLY SALINE nasal saline moisturizer. The Consumer International segment markets a range of personal care products, household and over-the-counter products in international markets, including Canada, France, China, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Brazil. The Company’s SPD segment is a producer of sodium bicarbonate, which it sells together with other specialty inorganic chemicals for various industrial, institutional, medical and food applications.

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