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Executive Summary

Cabot Corporation operates as a specialty chemicals and performance materials company. More Details

Snowflake Analysis

Reasonable growth potential average dividend payer.

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Share Price & News

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

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: CBT is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 4% a week.

Volatility Over Time: CBT's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Chemicals


US Market

1 Year Return




US Chemicals


US Market

Return vs Industry: CBT underperformed the US Chemicals industry which returned 36.4% over the past year.

Return vs Market: CBT underperformed the US Market which returned 36.5% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day0.4%-0.08%-1.3%
30 Day15.5%6.3%7.5%
90 Day22.2%5.6%15.9%
1 Year35.8%31.3%38.0%35.0%44.8%41.9%
3 Year-8.0%-16.1%33.4%13.0%49.1%41.0%
5 Year21.5%5.9%96.3%57.4%113.1%92.8%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

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

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Is Cabot 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: CBT ($50.71) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($54.41)

Significantly Below Fair Value: CBT is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: CBT is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US Chemicals industry average.

PE vs Market: CBT is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US market.

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate CBT's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: CBT is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (3.5x) compared to the US Chemicals industry average (2.5x).

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Future Growth

How is Cabot forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 5 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: CBT is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered faster growth than the savings rate (2%).

Earnings vs Market: CBT is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered above average market growth.

High Growth Earnings: CBT's is expected to become profitable in the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: CBT's revenue is expected to decline over the next 3 years (-2.8% per year).

High Growth Revenue: CBT's revenue is forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-2.8% per year).

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: CBT's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (24.8%)

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Past Performance

How has Cabot performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: CBT is currently unprofitable.

Growing Profit Margin: CBT is currently unprofitable.

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: CBT is unprofitable, but has reduced losses over the past 5 years at a rate of 3.4% per year.

Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare CBT's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable

Earnings vs Industry: CBT is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Chemicals industry (-1.4%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: CBT has a negative Return on Equity (-20.48%), as it is currently unprofitable.

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Financial Health

How is Cabot's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: CBT's short term assets ($1.1B) exceed its short term liabilities ($570.0M).

Long Term Liabilities: CBT's short term assets ($1.1B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($1.4B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: CBT's debt to equity ratio (100.9%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: CBT's debt to equity ratio has increased from 79.9% to 100.9% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: CBT's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (30.2%).

Interest Coverage: CBT is unprofitable, therefore interest payments are not well covered by earnings.

Balance Sheet

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


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: CBT's dividend (2.76%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.33%).

High Dividend: CBT's dividend (2.76%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.76%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: CBT's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: CBT's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: CBT is paying a dividend but the company is unprofitable.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: CBT's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (33.7% payout ratio).

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


Average management tenure


Sean Keohane (53 yo)





Mr. Sean D. Keohane serves as Independent Director of Chemours Company since May 3, 2018. He has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Cabot Corporation since March 11, 2016. He was a member of...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Sean's total compensation ($USD5.82M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD4.99M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Sean's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Sean Keohane
$ 6.1m
Erica McLaughlin
Senior VP & CFO2.75yrsUS$1.50m0.022%
$ 631.1k
Karen Kalita
Senior VP & General Counsel1.67yrsUS$1.09m0.0067%
$ 191.8k
Jeff Zhu
Senior VP8.83yrsUS$2.16m0.081%
$ 2.3m
Hobart Kalkstein
Senior VP4.83yrsUS$1.44m0.083%
$ 2.4m
Patricia Hubbard
Senior VP & CTO3yrsno datano data
Steven Delahunt
VP of Investor Relations & Treasurer4.58yrsno datano data
Vanessa Craigie
Corporate Communications Directorno datano datano data
Arthur Wood
Senior VP & Chief Human Resources Officer3.83yrsno datano data
Martin O'Neill
Senior VP of Safety3.58yrsno datano data
Aled Rees
Senior VP & President of Formulated Solutions and President of The EMEA Region2.33yrsno datano data
Aaron Johnson
Senior VP & President of Purification Solutions Segmentno datano datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

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

Board Members

Sean Keohane
$ 6.1m
Douglas Del Grosso
Independent Director0.83yrUS$117.52k0.0086%
$ 246.0k
Mark Wrighton
Independent Director24.08yrsUS$220.60k0.084%
$ 2.4m
Matthias Wolfgruber
Independent Director6.42yrsUS$222.97k0.028%
$ 791.8k
Juan Enriquez
Independent Director15.92yrsUS$217.99k0.0037%
$ 106.5k
Cynthia Arnold
Independent Director3.08yrsUS$210.00k0.017%
$ 476.3k
William Kirby
Independent Director8.58yrsUS$226.06k0.034%
$ 977.3k
Susan Rataj
Independent Non-Executive Chairman2.92yrsUS$320.00k0.038%
$ 1.1m
Frank Wilson
Independent Director2.42yrsUS$210.07k0.015%
$ 422.0k
Christine Yan
Independent Director1.75yrsUS$210.03k0.012%
$ 352.0k
Michael Morrow
Independent Director3.42yrsUS$230.13k0.0035%
$ 101.3k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: CBT's board of directors are considered experienced (3.4 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

Cabot Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Cabot Corporation
  • Ticker: CBT
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1882
  • Industry: Commodity Chemicals
  • Sector: Materials
  • Market Cap: US$2.871b
  • Shares outstanding: 56.62m
  • Website: https://www.cabotcorp.com

Number of Employees


  • Cabot Corporation
  • Two Seaport Lane
  • Suite 1400
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • 02210-2019
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
CBTNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDAug 1968
CBTDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURAug 1968


Cabot Corporation operates as a specialty chemicals and performance materials company. It operates through three segments: Reinforcement Materials, Performance Chemicals, and Purification Solutions. The co...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/03/01 23:45
End of Day Share Price2021/03/01 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/09/30

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.