Albemarle Corporation (ALB)’s Financial Results Comparing With RPM International Inc. (NYSE:RPM)

We will be comparing the differences between Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) and RPM International Inc. (NYSE:RPM) as far as profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation are concerned. The two businesses are rivals in the Specialty Chemicals industry.

Earnings & Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Albemarle Corporation 70 1.19 105.47M 5.19 12.39
RPM International Inc. 75 1.41 127.86M 2.23 33.41

Table 1 showcases the top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation of Albemarle Corporation and RPM International Inc. RPM International Inc. appears to has lower earnings, but higher revenue than Albemarle Corporation. When business has lower P/E means it is more affordable than its counterpart presently. Albemarle Corporation’s shares have been trading at lower P/E ratio which means it is presently more affordable than RPM International Inc.


Table 2 demonstrates the return on assets, return on equity and net margins of Albemarle Corporation and RPM International Inc.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Albemarle Corporation 151,515,586.84% 15.4% 7.2%
RPM International Inc. 171,417,080.04% 0% 0%

Volatility & Risk

Albemarle Corporation has a beta of 1.65 and its 65.00% more volatile than S&P 500. RPM International Inc.’s 1.25 beta is the reason why it is 25.00% more volatile than S&P 500.


The Current Ratio of Albemarle Corporation is 1.4 while its Quick Ratio stands at 0.8. The Current Ratio of rival RPM International Inc. is 1.6 and its Quick Ratio is has 1. RPM International Inc. is better equipped to clear short and long-term obligations than Albemarle Corporation.

Analyst Recommendations

Recommendations and Ratings for Albemarle Corporation and RPM International Inc. can be find in next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Albemarle Corporation 3 6 4 2.31
RPM International Inc. 0 0 3 3.00

Albemarle Corporation’s downside potential is -4.16% at a $76.79 average target price. Meanwhile, RPM International Inc.’s average target price is $83, while its potential upside is 13.22%. The results provided earlier shows that RPM International Inc. appears more favorable than Albemarle Corporation, based on analyst view.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

Roughly 98.1% of Albemarle Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors while 77.8% of RPM International Inc. are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% are Albemarle Corporation’s share owned by insiders. Competitively, RPM International Inc. has 1.1% of it’s share owned by insiders.


In this table we show the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Albemarle Corporation -1.65% -3.63% -1.62% -9.35% -29.49% -16.57%
RPM International Inc. 1.02% 1.02% 9.79% 25.11% 18.98% 26.71%

For the past year Albemarle Corporation had bearish trend while RPM International Inc. had bullish trend.


RPM International Inc. beats on 12 of the 15 factors Albemarle Corporation.

Albemarle Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals worldwide. The company offers lithium compounds, including lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide, lithium chloride, and lithium specialties and reagents for applications in lithium batteries, high performance greases, thermoplastic elastomers for car tires, rubber soles and plastic bottles, catalysts for chemical reactions, organic synthesis processes, life science, pharmaceutical, and other markets; cesium products for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries; and zirconium, barium, and titanium products for pyrotechnical applications. It also manufactures cesium products for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries; and zirconium, barium, and titanium products for various pyrotechnical applications, including airbag igniters; and performance catalyst solutions, such as polymer catalysts, curatives, organometallics, and electronic materials for polyolefin polymers, packaging, non-packaging, films, injection molding, alpha-olefins, electronic materials, solar cells, polyurethanes, epoxies, and other engineered resins markets. In addition, the company offers bromine and bromine-based solutions for fire safety, chemical synthesis, mercury control, water purification, beef and poultry processing, and various other industrial applications, as well as for the oil and gas well drilling, and completion fluids applications. Further, Albemarle Corporation provides clean fuels technologies, which is primarily composed of hydroprocessing catalysts; and heavy oil upgrading, which is primarily composed of fluidized catalytic cracking catalysts and additives for application in the refining industry. It serves petroleum refining, consumer electronics, energy storage, construction, automotive, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food safety, and custom chemistry services markets. Albemarle Corporation was founded in 1994 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

RPM International Inc. manufactures, markets, and sells specialty chemical products for industrial, specialty, and consumer markets worldwide. Its Industrial segment offers waterproofing, coatings, and institutional roofing systems; sealants, air barriers, tapes, and foams; residential home weatherization systems; roofing and building maintenance and related services; sealing and bonding solutions; flooring and in-plant glazing solutions; passive fire protection and manufacturing industry solutions; polymer flooring systems; and fiberglass reinforced plastic gratings and shapes. This segment also offers corrosion-control coatings, containment linings, fire and sound proofing products, and insulation products; rolled asphalt roofing materials, chemical admixtures, and industrial epoxy flooring systems; concrete and masonry admixtures, concrete fibers, curing and sealing compounds, structural grouts, epoxy adhesives, floor hardeners and toppings, joint fillers, industrial and architectural coatings, decorative color/stains/stamps, and restoration materials, as well as specialty construction products. The companyÂ’s Specialty segment provides fluorescent colorants and pigments; shellac-based-specialty and marine coatings; insulated building cladding materials; fire and water damage restoration products; carpet cleaning and disinfecting products; fuel additives; and wood treatments, furniture finishes, and touch-up products. Its Consumer segment offers professional use and do-it-yourself (DIY) products, such as specialty products for paint contractors and the DIYers, deck and fence restoration products, metallic and faux finish coatings, exterior wood deck and concrete restoration systems, flooring finishes, hobby paints and cements, and nail care enamel polish and coating components, as well as caulk, sealant, adhesive, insulating foam, spackling, glazing, and other general patch and repair products. The company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Medina, Ohio.