Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) vs. OMNOVA Solutions (OMN) Head-To-Head Review

Sigma-Aldrich (NASDAQ: SIAL) and OMNOVA Solutions (NYSE:OMN) are both specialty chemicals – nec companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Sigma-Aldrich and OMNOVA Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sigma-Aldrich 0 0 0 0 N/A
OMNOVA Solutions 0 1 2 0 2.67

OMNOVA Solutions has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.29%.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.9% of OMNOVA Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.8% of OMNOVA Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Sigma-Aldrich and OMNOVA Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sigma-Aldrich 16.22% 13.72% 10.47%
OMNOVA Solutions -0.78% 22.71% 3.84%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sigma-Aldrich and OMNOVA Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sigma-Aldrich N/A N/A N/A $4.08 N/A
OMNOVA Solutions $759.90 million 0.62 -$400,000.00 ($0.14) -75.00

Sigma-Aldrich has higher earnings, but lower revenue than OMNOVA Solutions. OMNOVA Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sigma-Aldrich, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

OMNOVA Solutions beats Sigma-Aldrich on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sigma-Aldrich Company Profile

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation is a life science and high technology company. The Company develops, manufactures, purchases and distributes a range of biochemical and organic chemical products, kits and services that are used in scientific research. It manufactures and distributes around 250,000 chemicals, biochemical and other essential products and approximately 46,000 equipment products. Its business unit structure is aligned into three business units: Research, Applied and SAFC Commercial. Its brands include Sigma-Aldrich, Sigma, Aldrich, Fluka, Riedel-de Haen, Supelco, SAFC, SAFC Biosciences, SAFC Hitech, Genosys, Proligo, Pharmorphix, Cerilliant, Vetec, BioReliance and Cell Marque. It offers its products and services to research and applied labs, pharmaceutical companies, universities, commercial laboratories, industrial companies, biotechnology companies and non-profit organizations, among others. It operates in around 37 countries and sells into approximately 160 countries.

OMNOVA Solutions Company Profile

OMNOVA Solutions Inc. is a provider of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals and engineered surfaces for commercial, industrial and residential end uses. The Company’s segments include Performance Chemicals and Engineered Surfaces. The Performance Chemicals segment produces a range of emulsion polymers and specialty chemicals based on styrene butadiene, styrene butadiene acrylonitrile, styrene butadiene vinyl pyridine, nitrile butadiene, polyvinyl acetate, acrylic, styrene acrylic, vinyl acrylic, glyoxal, fluorochemical and bio-based chemistries. The Engineered Surfaces segment develops, designs, produces and markets a line of functional and decorative surfacing products, including coated fabrics, vinyl, paper, and specialty laminates and industrial films. The Performance Chemicals segment includes two product lines: Performance Materials and Specialty Chemicals, and the Engineered Surfaces segment includes two product lines: Coated Fabrics, and Laminates and Performance Films.

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