PolyOne (POL) vs. Its Competitors Critical Review

PolyOne (NYSE: POL) is one of 14 public companies in the “Plastics materials & resins” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare PolyOne to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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93.9% of PolyOne shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.9% of shares of all “Plastics materials & resins” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of PolyOne shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of shares of all “Plastics materials & resins” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PolyOne and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
PolyOne $3.23 billion -$57.70 million 19.24
PolyOne Competitors $9.05 billion $412.32 million 16.94

PolyOne’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than PolyOne. PolyOne is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


PolyOne pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. PolyOne pays out 31.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Plastics materials & resins” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 30.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. PolyOne has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. PolyOne lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Volatility & Risk

PolyOne has a beta of 1.73, suggesting that its share price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PolyOne’s rivals have a beta of -3.01, suggesting that their average share price is 401% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PolyOne 0 3 4 0 2.57
PolyOne Competitors 41 356 654 22 2.61

PolyOne currently has a consensus price target of $45.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.83%. As a group, “Plastics materials & resins” companies have a potential upside of 19.45%. Given PolyOne’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe PolyOne has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


This table compares PolyOne and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PolyOne -1.73% 29.46% 6.68%
PolyOne Competitors 6.60% 23.64% 8.10%


PolyOne rivals beat PolyOne on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

PolyOne Company Profile

PolyOne Corporation (PolyOne) provides specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The Company’s segments include Color, Additives and Inks; Specialty Engineered Materials; Performance Products and Solutions, and PolyOne Distribution. The Color, Additives and Inks segment provides custom color and additive concentrates in solid and liquid form for thermoplastics, dispersions for thermosets. The Specialty Engineered Materials segment provides specialty polymer formulations, services and solutions for designers, assemblers and processors of thermoplastic materials. The Performance Products and Solutions segment consists of the Geon Performance Materials and Producer Services business units. As of December 31, 2016, the PolyOne Distribution segment distributed more than 4,000 grades of engineering and commodity grade resins.

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