Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

PolyOne Corporation provides specialized polymer materials, services, and solutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, and Asia.



Fair value with moderate growth potential.

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Share Price & News

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

Latest Share Price and Events

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Chemicals


US Market

1 Year Return




US Chemicals


US Market

Return vs Industry: POL underperformed the US Chemicals industry which returned -5.9% over the past year.

Return vs Market: POL underperformed the US Market which returned 6.7% over the past year.

Share holder returns

7 Day2.7%2.0%1.0%
30 Day-6.4%-2.8%-1.8%
90 Day7.4%-2.6%-1.8%
1 Year-8.5%-10.8%8.1%-5.9%9.1%6.7%
3 Year11.3%5.2%43.4%17.3%46.1%36.6%
5 Year0.4%-7.6%46.1%14.8%66.9%48.6%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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

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Is PolyOne undervalued based on future cash flows and its price relative to the stock market?


Discount to future cash flow value

Intrinsic Value Based on Future Cash Flows

Undervalued: POL ($32.74) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($36.92)

Significantly Undervalued: POL is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price Based on Earnings

PE vs Industry: POL is good value based on its PE Ratio (18.1x) compared to the Chemicals industry average (19.4x).

PE vs Market: POL is poor value based on its PE Ratio (18.1x) compared to the US market (17.5x).

Price Based on Expected Growth

Low PEG Ratio: POL is good value based on its PEG Ratio (0.7x)

Price Based on Value of Assets

PB vs Industry: POL is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (4.4x) compared to the US Chemicals industry average (2x).

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Future Growth

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


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Estimates

Future Annual Growth Analysis

Earnings vs Savings Rate: POL's forecast earnings growth (25.9% per year) is above the savings rate (2.7%).

Earnings vs Market: POL's earnings (25.9% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (14.5% per year).

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

Revenue vs Market: POL's revenue (0.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.3% per year).

High Growth Revenue: POL's revenue (0.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Estimates

Future Return on Equity

High Future ROE: Insufficient data to determine if POL's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time

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Past Performance

How has PolyOne performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: POL's earnings have grown by 10.8% per year over the past 5 years.

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

Earnings vs Industry: POL had negative earnings growth (-18.8%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Chemicals industry average (-2%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst POL's Return on Equity (24.86%) is high, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.

Return on Assets

ROA vs Industry: POL has a higher Return on Assets than the Chemicals industry average last year.

Return on Capital Employed

ROCE Improving: POL's Return on Capital Employed has declined over the past 3 years.

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Financial Health

How is PolyOne's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: POL's short term assets ($1.0B) exceeds its short term liabilities ($607.3M)

Long Term Liabilities: POL's short term assets (1.0B) do not cover its long term liabilities (1.8B)

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: POL's debt to equity ratio (248.1%) is considered high

Reducing Debt: POL's debt to equity ratio has increased from 107.5% to 248.1% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: POL's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (17.2%).

Interest Coverage: POL's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (4.5x coverage).

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: POL has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: POL's debt is not covered by short term assets (assets are 0.7x debt).

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What is PolyOne's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Expected Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market


Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Dividend Yield and Payments Analysis

Notable Dividend: POL's dividend (2.47%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.46%).

High Dividend: POL's dividend (2.47%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.77%).

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

Growing Dividend: POL's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 9 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (41.9%), POL's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: POL's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (32.5% payout ratio).

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What is the CEO of PolyOne's salary, the management and board of directors tenure and is there insider trading?


Average management tenure


Bob Patterson (46yo)





Mr. Robert M. Patterson, also known as Bob, has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of PolyOne Corporation since May 15, 2014 and its Chairman since May 12, 2016. Mr. Patterson served as the Chi ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs. Market: Bob's total compensation ($USD6.13M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.11M).

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

Management Age and Tenure


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: POL's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.5 years average tenure).

Board Age and Tenure


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: POL's board of directors are considered experienced (4.2 years average tenure).

Insider Trading

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

Recent Insider Transactions

BuyUS$190,14031 Oct 18
J. Horn
Max PriceUS$31.69
BuyUS$120,92026 Oct 18
Richard Fearon
Lead Director
Lead Director
Max PriceUS$30.23
BuyUS$32,63026 Oct 18
M. Midea
Chief Operating Officer
Senior Vice President of Global Operations & Process Improvement
Max PriceUS$31.08
BuyUS$306,42226 Oct 18
Robert Abernathy
Member of the Board of Directors
Independent Director
Max PriceUS$30.64

Ownership Breakdown

Management Team

  • Brad Richardson (61yo)

    Executive VP & CFO

    • Tenure: 5.9yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.88m
  • Bob Patterson (46yo)


    • Tenure: 5.4yrs
    • Compensation: US$6.13m
  • Cathy Dodd

    Vice President of Marketing

    • Tenure: 5.7yrs
  • Kurt Schuering (55yo)

    Vice President of Global Key Account Management

    • Tenure: 7.8yrs
  • Michael Garratt (55yo)

    Senior VP & Chief Commercial Officer

    • Tenure: 6.1yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.17m
  • Lisa Kunkle (50yo)

    Senior VP

    • Tenure: 12.2yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.11m
  • Kyle Rose

    Vice President of Corporate Communications

    • Tenure: 4.8yrs
  • Mark Crist (60yo)

    Senior VP and President of Color

    • Tenure: 5.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.17m
  • M. Midea (55yo)

    Senior Vice President of Global Operations & Process Improvement

    • Tenure: 4.7yrs
  • Joe Di Salvo

    VP of Investor Relations & Treasurer

    • Tenure: 1.3yrs

Board Members

  • Bill Jellison (61yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 4yrs
    • Compensation: US$232.45k
  • Robert Abernathy (65yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 1.6yrs
    • Compensation: US$182.08k
  • Rick Fearon (63yo)

    Lead Director

    • Tenure: 4.4yrs
    • Compensation: US$255.00k
  • Sandy Lin (61yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 6.4yrs
    • Compensation: US$220.00k
  • Bill Wulfsohn (57yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 8yrs
    • Compensation: US$220.00k
  • Pat Verduin (60yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 0.6yrs
  • Greg Goff (62yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 8yrs
    • Compensation: US$230.00k
  • Kerry Preete (59yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 5.8yrs
    • Compensation: US$220.00k
  • Bob Patterson (46yo)


    • Tenure: 5.4yrs
    • Compensation: US$6.13m
  • Kim Mink (59yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 2.6yrs
    • Compensation: US$220.00k

Company Information

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

Key Information

  • Name: PolyOne Corporation
  • Ticker: POL
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1927
  • Industry: Specialty Chemicals
  • Sector: Materials
  • Market Cap: US$2.517b
  • Shares outstanding: 76.87m
  • Website: https://www.polyone.com

Number of Employees


  • PolyOne Corporation
  • 33587 Walker Road
  • Avon Lake
  • Ohio
  • 44012
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
POLNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon SharesUSUSDApr 1993
PY9DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon SharesDEEURApr 1993


PolyOne Corporation provides specialized polymer materials, services, and solutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, and Asia. It operates in four segments: Color, Additives and ...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2019/10/14 01:20
End of Day Share Price2019/10/11 00:00
Annual Earnings2018/12/31

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.


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