Albemarle Corporation (ALB) and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF) Comparing side by side

We are comparing Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF) on their institutional ownership, earnings and valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations. They both are Specialty Chemicals companies, competing one another.

Earnings & Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Albemarle Corporation 77 2.28 N/A 6.23 11.17
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. 137 3.54 N/A 3.80 35.66

We can see in table 1 the earnings per share (EPS), top-line revenue and valuation of Albemarle Corporation and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. appears to has lower earnings, but higher revenue than Albemarle Corporation. The business that is presently more affordable of the two stocks is the one that has a lower P/E ratio. Albemarle Corporation’s presently lower P/E ratio makes it the more affordable of the two businesses.


Table 2 hightlights the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of the two companies.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Albemarle Corporation 0.00% 19.2% 9.1%
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. 0.00% 7.2% 3.2%

Risk and Volatility

A 1.57 beta indicates that Albemarle Corporation is 57.00% more volatile compared to Standard and Poor’s 500. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.’s 20.00% less volatile than Standard and Poor’s 500 volatility due to the stock’s 0.8 beta.


The Current Ratio and Quick Ratio of Albemarle Corporation are 1.6 and 1 respectively. Its competitor International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.’s Current Ratio is 2.6 and its Quick Ratio is 1.6. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. can pay off short and long-term obligations better than Albemarle Corporation.

Analyst Ratings

In next table is shown Albemarle Corporation and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.’s ratings and recommendations.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Albemarle Corporation 0 4 4 2.50
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. 0 2 2 2.50

Albemarle Corporation’s upside potential is 37.75% at a $100.5 average target price. Meanwhile, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.’s average target price is $141.8, while its potential downside is -1.52%. The information presented earlier suggests that Albemarle Corporation looks more robust than International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. as far as analyst opinion.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors held 99.3% of Albemarle Corporation shares and 86.5% of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. shares. Insiders held 0.4% of Albemarle Corporation shares. Comparatively, 19.2% are International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.’s share held by insiders.


Here are 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 -4.13% -15.41% -14.87% -32.04% -29.89% -9.72%
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. 0.33% 1.19% -6.63% -7.03% 7.36% 0.98%

For the past year Albemarle Corporation had bearish trend while International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. had bullish trend.


On 7 of the 11 factors International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. beats 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.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., together with its subsidiaries, creates, manufactures, and supplies flavors and fragrances for use in various consumer products. It operates through two segments, Flavors and Fragrances. The Flavors segment offers flavor compounds primarily to the food and beverage industries for use in consumer products, such as prepared foods, beverages, dairy, food, and sweet products. The Fragrances segment provides fragrance compounds, which include fine fragrances comprising perfumes and colognes, as well as consumer fragrances for personal care, household products, and beauty care; fragrance ingredients comprising synthetic and natural ingredients that could be combined with other materials to create fragrance and consumer compounds; and cosmetic active ingredients consisting of active and functional ingredients, botanicals, and delivery systems to support its customers' cosmetic and personal care product lines. This segment serves perfume and toiletries manufacturers in the cosmetics industry; and manufacturers of soaps, detergents, fabric care, household cleaners, and air fresheners in the household products industry. The company has operations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Greater Asia, North America, and Latin America. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. was founded in 1833 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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