Flexible Solutions International (NYSE:FSI – Get Rating) and Atotech (NYSE:ATC – Get Rating) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We’ll compare the two companies based on earnings strength, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability, and analyst recommendations.
This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Flexible Solutions International and Atotech.
|Net margins||Return on equity||return on assets|
|International flexible solutions||10.02%||12.77%||9.04%|
Valuation and benefits
This table compares the revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation of Flexible Solutions International and Atotech.
|Gross revenue||Price/sales ratio||Net revenue||Earnings per share||Price/earnings ratio|
|International flexible solutions||$34.42 million||1.02||$3.45 million||$0.28||10.14|
|Atotech||$1.50 billion||2.76||$7.50 million||($0.15)||-141.46|
Atotech has higher revenue and profit than Flexible Solutions International. Atotech trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Flexible Solutions International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
21.0% of the shares of Flexible Solutions International are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.4% of Atotech shares are held by institutional investors. 37.3% of shares of Flexible Solutions International are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 49.9% of Atotech’s shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that hedge funds, large money managers, and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of the current ratings and target prices for Flexible Solutions International and Atotech, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sales Ratings||Hold odds||Buy reviews||Strong buy odds||Rating|
|International flexible solutions||0||0||0||0||N / A|
Atotech has a consensus price target of $25.80, suggesting a potential upside of 21.58%. Given Atotech’s possible higher upside, analysts clearly think Atotech is more favorable than Flexible Solutions International.
Risk and Volatility
Flexible Solutions International has a beta of 1.33, which means its price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, Atotech has a beta of 0.25, which means its price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Global Flexible Solutions Company Profile (Get a rating)
Flexible Solutions International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets specialty chemicals that slow water evaporation in Canada, the United States and internationally. The Company operates in two segments, Energy and Water Conservation Products and Biodegradable Polymers. The Company offers thermal polyaspartates (TPA) for oilfield use to reduce scale and corrosion in various water systems; and for the agricultural industry to reduce the crystallization of fertilizers before, during and after application, as well as to prevent the formation of crystals between the fertilizer and the minerals present in the soil. It also provides TPAs for irrigation to prevent early clogging of drip irrigation ports, reduce maintenance costs and extend equipment life; and TPAs as additives for household laundry detergents, consumer care products and pesticides. Additionally, the company offers nitrogen conservation products for agriculture that slow the loss of nitrogen from fields. Plus, it provides HEATSAVR, a chemical for use in pools and spas that forms a thin, transparent layer on the surface of the water; and WATERSAVR to reduce water evaporation from reservoirs, potable water storage tanks, livestock watering ponds, aqueducts, irrigation canals and ditches, and for maintenance lawns and turfs, and potted and bedding plants. Flexible Solutions International, Inc. is headquartered in Taber, Canada.
Atotech Company Profile (Get a rating)
Atotech Limited, a chemical technology company, provides specialist electroplating and surface finishing solutions worldwide. The Company operates through two segments, Electronics (EL) and General Metal Finishing (GMF). The EL segment manufactures and supplies chemicals, production equipment, software and services to the electronics industry, which includes printed circuit board manufacturers, package substrate manufacturers and semiconductor companies. Its products and technologies serve major electronics end markets, including the communications, computing, automotive, industrial, medical, aerospace and military industries. The GMF segment provides chemicals, production technologies and services to surface finishing industries in various application areas. Its products and technologies serve major surface finishing end markets including the automotive, consumer electronics, construction, sanitary, white goods, and oil and gas industries. The company also offers on-site support and training services. Atotech Limited was founded in 1851 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.
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