Critical Survey: Univar (UNVR) versus Its Peers

Univar (NYSE: UNVR) is one of 24 public companies in the “Chemicals & allied products” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Univar to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

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Univar has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Univar’s peers have a beta of 1.08, meaning that their average share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Univar and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Univar 1 3 3 0 2.29
Univar Competitors 105 464 675 25 2.49

Univar currently has a consensus target price of $33.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.95%. As a group, “Chemicals & allied products” companies have a potential upside of 17.24%. Given Univar’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Univar has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.2% of Univar shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.8% of shares of all “Chemicals & allied products” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of Univar shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.9% of shares of all “Chemicals & allied products” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Univar and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Univar $8.25 billion $119.80 million 20.47
Univar Competitors $7.08 billion $553.10 million 24.18

Univar has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Univar is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Univar and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Univar 1.45% 17.25% 3.02%
Univar Competitors -126.34% 22.82% 5.01%

Summary

Univar peers beat Univar on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Univar

Univar Inc. is a distributor of commodity and specialty chemicals. The Company operates through four segments: Univar USA (USA); Univar Canada (Canada); Univar Europe and the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Rest of World. The Company’s USA segment supplies a range of commodity and specialty chemicals, as well as services to a range of end markets, including manufacturing and industrial production sectors in the United States. In the United States, it services these multiple end markets with one-to-three day order times from nearby facilities. It repackages and blends bulk chemicals for shipment by its transportation fleet, as well as common carriers. Its Canadian operations are regionally focused, supplying a range of commodity and specialty chemicals to the local customer base. In Eastern Canada, it primarily focuses on industrial markets, such as food ingredients and products, pharmaceutical ingredients and finished products, coatings and adhesives, and chemical manufacturing.

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