Critical Comparison: BASF (BASFY) vs. Its Peers

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

Risk & Volatility

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BASF has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BASF’s peers have a beta of 1.08, indicating that their average share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BASF and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
BASF $72.83 billion $6.87 billion 14.15
BASF Competitors $7.08 billion $553.10 million 23.75

BASF has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. BASF 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.

Dividends

BASF pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. BASF pays out 33.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Chemicals & allied products” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 30.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.5% of BASF shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.8% of shares of all “Chemicals & allied products” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.9% of shares of all “Chemicals & allied products” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for BASF and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BASF 1 5 1 0 2.00
BASF Competitors 105 465 676 25 2.49

As a group, “Chemicals & allied products” companies have a potential upside of 19.53%. Given BASF’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BASF has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BASF 9.41% 18.50% 8.08%
BASF Competitors -126.34% 22.82% 5.01%

Summary

BASF peers beat BASF on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About BASF

BASF SE is a chemical company. The Company operates through five segments, which include Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions, and Oil & Gas. The Chemicals segment consists of the Petrochemicals, Monomers and Intermediates divisions. The Performance Products segment consists of the Dispersions & Pigments, Care Chemicals, Nutrition & Health, and Performance Chemicals divisions. The Functional Materials & Solutions segment consists of the Catalysts, Construction Chemicals, Coatings and Performance Materials divisions. The Agricultural Solutions segment consists of the Crop Protection division. The Oil & Gas segment comprises Oil & Gas division, which focuses on the exploration and production in oil and gas producing regions in Europe, North Africa, Russia, South America and the Middle East.

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