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Executive Summary

Covestro AG develops, produces, and markets polymer materials for various industries worldwide.

Snowflake Analysis

Very undervalued with flawless balance sheet.

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Share Price & News

How has Covestro's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: 1COV has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




CH Chemicals


CH Market

1 Year Return




CH Chemicals


CH Market

Return vs Industry: 1COV underperformed the Swiss Chemicals industry which returned 16.8% over the past year.

Return vs Market: 1COV underperformed the Swiss Market which returned -0.5% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day0%2.8%0.5%
30 Day0%5.6%1.8%
90 Day0%20.9%8.9%
1 Year-18.0%-18.0%18.9%16.7%2.8%-0.5%
3 Yearn/a44.2%34.1%20.0%7.6%
5 Yearn/a107.2%81.8%35.2%12.6%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Covestro's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News

No news available


Is Covestro undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: 1COV (CHF40.2) is trading below our estimate of fair value (CHF54.65)

Significantly Below Fair Value: 1COV is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: 1COV is good value based on its PE Ratio (15.7x) compared to the Chemicals industry average (32.6x).

PE vs Market: 1COV is good value based on its PE Ratio (15.7x) compared to the Swiss market (19.3x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: 1COV is good value based on its PEG Ratio (0.3x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: 1COV is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.1x) compared to the CH Chemicals industry average (4.4x).

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Future Growth

How is Covestro forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 20 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: 1COV's forecast earnings growth (54.1% per year) is above the savings rate (-0.2%).

Earnings vs Market: 1COV's earnings (54.1% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the Swiss market (8.8% per year).

High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: 1COV's revenue (5.9% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the Swiss market (2.4% per year).

High Growth Revenue: 1COV's revenue (5.9% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: 1COV's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (9%).

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Past Performance

How has Covestro performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: 1COV has a large one-off gain of €114.0M impacting its March 31 2005 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: 1COV's current net profit margins (3.3%) are lower than last year (9.7%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: 1COV's earnings have grown by 17.2% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: 1COV's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: 1COV had negative earnings growth (-71%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Chemicals industry average (10.1%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: 1COV's Return on Equity (7%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Covestro's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: 1COV's short term assets (€5.4B) exceed its short term liabilities (€2.5B).

Long Term Liabilities: 1COV's short term assets (€5.4B) exceed its long term liabilities (€3.8B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: 1COV's debt to equity ratio (28.9%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: 1COV's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 247.7% to 28.9% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: 1COV's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (70.6%).

Interest Coverage: 1COV's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (12.8x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Covestro current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Upcoming Dividend Payment

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: 1COV's dividend (7.11%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Swiss market (1.91%).

High Dividend: 1COV's dividend (7.11%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the Swiss market (3.78%)

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Whilst dividend payments have been stable, 1COV has been paying a dividend for less than 10 years.

Growing Dividend: 1COV's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 4 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its high payout ratio (111.6%), 1COV's dividend payments are not well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: 1COV's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (58.7% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Markus Steilemann (50yo)





Dr. Markus Steilemann is Member of Management Board since August 20, 2015 of Covestro AG and serves its Chairman of Management Board. He serves as a Chief Executive Officer of Covestro AG since June 01, 20 ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Markus's total compensation ($USD4.84M) is above average for companies of similar size in the Swiss market ($USD2.36M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Markus's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.

Leadership Team

Markus Steilemann
CEO & Chairman of Management Board2.08yrs€4.29mno data
Thomas Toepfer
CFO, Labor Director & Member of Management Board2.25yrs€2.59mno data
Klaus Schäfer
CTO & Member of Management Board4.92yrs€2.12mno data
Sucheta Govil
Chief Commercial Officer & Member of Management Board0.83yr€1.20mno data
Ronald Koehler
Head of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
Joachim Wolff
Head of Polyurethanes Business Unit16.5yrsno datano data
Daniel Meyer
Head of Polyurethanes (PU) Segment9yrsno datano data
Michelle Jou
Head of Polycarbonates Segment4.5yrsno datano data
Michael Friede
Head of S Coatings2.83yrsno datano data
Uwe Arndt
Head of MDI Siteno datano datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: 1COV's management team is considered experienced (3.7 years average tenure).

Board Members

Ferdinando Falco Beccalli
Independent Member of Supervisory Board4.75yrs€106.00kno data
Richard Pott
Independent Chairman of Supervisory Board4.92yrs€309.00kno data
Petra Kronen
Vice Chairman of Supervisory Board4.75yrs€160.00kno data
Regine Stachelhaus
Independent Member of Supervisory Board4.75yrs€126.00kno data
Peter Hausmann
Employee Representative Member of Supervisory Board4.75yrs€153.00kno data
Johannes Dietsch
Independent Member of Supervisory Board4.92yrs€154.00kno data
Christine Bortenlänger
Independent Member of Supervisory Board4.75yrs€106.00kno data
Rolf Nonnenmacher
Independent Member of Supervisory Board4.92yrs€159.00kno data
Irena Küstner
Member of Supervisory Board4.75yrs€134.00kno data
Frank Werth
Member of Supervisory Board3.83yrs€106.00kno data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: 1COV's board of directors are considered experienced (4.8 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Covestro AG's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Covestro AG
  • Ticker: 1COV
  • Exchange: SWX
  • Founded: 2005
  • Industry: Specialty Chemicals
  • Sector: Materials
  • Market Cap: €6.172b
  • Listing Market Cap: €6.567b
  • Shares outstanding: 182.86m
  • Website: https://www.covestro.com

Number of Employees


  • Covestro AG
  • Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 60
  • Leverkusen
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 51373
  • Germany


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
1COVDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesShare CapitalDEEUROct 2015
1COVXTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)YesShare CapitalDEEUROct 2015
1COVDBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesShare CapitalGBEUROct 2015
0RBELSE (London Stock Exchange)YesShare CapitalGBEUROct 2015
CVVT.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesShare CapitalUSUSDOct 2015
1COVSWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)YesShare CapitalCHCHFOct 2015
1COVETLX (Eurotlx)YesShare CapitalITEUROct 2015
1COVWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesShare CapitalATEUROct 2015
1CO1DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)SPONSORED ADRDEEURFeb 2016


Covestro AG develops, produces, and markets polymer materials for various industries worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Polyurethanes; Polycarbonates; and Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties. The Polyurethanes segment offers precursors, such as flexible polyurethane foam primarily used in the furniture and automotive industries; and rigid foam used as an insulating material in the construction industry and in refrigeration chains. The Polycarbonates segment provides high-performance plastic polycarbonates in the form of granules, composite materials, and semi-finished products for use in the automotive, construction, electrical and electronic, medical technology, and lighting industries. The Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties segment offers precursors for coatings, adhesives, and sealants, as well as specialties. This segment also provides polymer materials and aqueous dispersions for use in automotive and transportation, infrastructure and construction, wood processing, and furniture applications. It markets its products through trading houses and distributors. Covestro AG was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/01 21:49
End of Day Share Price2020/07/01 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.