W. R. Grace & Co., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells specialty chemicals and materials worldwide.
Reasonable growth potential and fair value.
Share Price & News
How has W. R. Grace's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: GRA's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: GRA underperformed the US Chemicals industry which returned -7.7% over the past year.
Return vs Market: GRA underperformed the US Market which returned 4.1% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is W. R. Grace's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
4 weeks ago | Simply Wall StAn Intrinsic Calculation For W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) Suggests It's 45% Undervalued
1 month ago | Simply Wall StWhy W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) Looks Like A Quality Company
1 month ago | Simply Wall StWhy W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) Could Be Worth Watching
Is W. R. Grace 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: GRA ($54.2) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($76.15)
Significantly Below Fair Value: GRA is trading below fair value by more than 20%.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: GRA is poor value based on its PE Ratio (25.2x) compared to the Chemicals industry average (19.5x).
PE vs Market: GRA is poor value based on its PE Ratio (25.2x) compared to the US market (15.1x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: GRA is good value based on its PEG Ratio (1x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: GRA is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (9.5x) compared to the US Chemicals industry average (1.7x).
How is W. R. Grace forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 9 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: GRA's forecast earnings growth (25.6% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).
Earnings vs Market: GRA's earnings (25.6% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (21.6% per year).
High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.
Revenue vs Market: GRA's revenue (4.7% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (8.9% per year).
High Growth Revenue: GRA's revenue (4.7% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: GRA's Return on Equity is forecast to be very high in 3 years time (51.5%).
How has W. R. Grace performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: GRA has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: GRA's current net profit margins (7.5%) are lower than last year (7.6%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: GRA's earnings have declined by -3.1% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: GRA's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.
Earnings vs Industry: GRA had negative earnings growth (-3.7%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Chemicals industry average (-11.3%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: Whilst GRA's Return on Equity (37.56%) is high, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.
How is W. R. Grace's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: GRA's short term assets ($1.0B) exceed its short term liabilities ($696.7M).
Long Term Liabilities: GRA's short term assets ($1.0B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($2.8B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: GRA's debt to equity ratio (516.4%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: GRA's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 607.1% to 516.4% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: GRA's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (19%).
Interest Coverage: GRA's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (4.5x coverage).
What is W. R. Grace's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Current Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: GRA's dividend (2.21%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.75%).
High Dividend: GRA's dividend (2.21%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.73%).
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: Whilst dividend payments have been stable, GRA has been paying a dividend for less than 10 years.
Growing Dividend: GRA's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 4 years.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (51.6%), GRA's dividend payments are covered by earnings.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: GRA's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (22.9% payout ratio).
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Hudson La Force (54yo)
Mr. Hudson La Force, III, CPA, serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer at W. R. Grace & Co. and served as its Chief Operating Officer since November 8, 2018. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. La ...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Hudson's total compensation ($USD5.53M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD6.00M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Hudson's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.
|Senior VP & CFO||2yrs||US$1.95m||0.017% $596.4k|
|Senior VP||15.08yrs||US$2.81m||0.12% $4.4m|
|Senior VP & Chief Human Resources Officer||5.33yrs||US$1.67m||0.031% $1.1m|
|Senior Vice President of Government Relations||no data||US$1.63m||0.023% $814.9k|
|Vice President of Corporate Development & Investor Relations||2.08yrs||no data||no data|
|Vice President of Corporate Communications||7.42yrs||no data||no data|
|President of Grace Materials Technologies||3.08yrs||no data||no data|
|VP & Treasurer||8.25yrs||no data||no data|
|President of Refining Technologies||no data||no data||no data|
Experienced Management: GRA's management team is considered experienced (4.2 years average tenure).
|Independent Director||1yr||US$186.26k||0.0058% $206.6k|
|Independent Director||13.67yrs||US$228.01k||0.032% $1.1m|
|Independent Director||1yr||no data||no data|
|Independent Non-Executive Chairman||0.50yr||US$258.98k||0.035% $1.3m|
|Independent Director||5.33yrs||US$210.01k||0.029% $1.0m|
|Independent Director||2yrs||US$210.01k||0.0080% $286.6k|
|Independent Director||5.33yrs||US$225.01k||0.020% $712.3k|
|Independent Director||3.5yrs||US$217.51k||0.010% $368.0k|
Experienced Board: GRA's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2.5 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: GRA insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
W. R. Grace & Co.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: W. R. Grace & Co.
- Ticker: GRA
- Exchange: NYSE
- Founded: 1854
- Industry: Specialty Chemicals
- Sector: Materials
- Market Cap: US$3.587b
- Shares outstanding: 66.17m
- Website: https://www.grace.com
Number of Employees
- W. R. Grace & Co.
- 7500 Grace Drive
- United States
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|GRA||NYSE (New York Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Stock||US||USD||Jan 1992|
|GRA||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Stock||DE||EUR||Jan 1992|
W. R. Grace & Co., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells specialty chemicals and materials worldwide. It operates through two segments, Grace Catalysts Technologies and Grace Materials Technologies. The Grace Catalysts Technologies segment offers fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts for the production of transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel fuels, and petrochemicals; and FCC additives. This segment also provides hydro processing catalysts used in process reactors to upgrade heavy oils into lighter products; polyolefin and chemical catalysts used for the production of polypropylene and polyethylene thermoplastic resins; and chemical catalysts, as well as gas-phase polypropylene process technology to manufacture polypropylene products. The Grace Materials Technologies segment offers silica-based and silica-alumina-based materials for use in consumer/pharma, coatings, and chemical process applications. W. R. Grace & Co. was founded in 1854 and is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland.
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
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|End of Day Share Price||2020/05/26 00:00|
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