Enzymotec (NASDAQ:ENZY) versus PQ Group (PQG) Financial Survey

PQ Group (NYSE: PQG) and Enzymotec (NASDAQ:ENZY) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares PQ Group and Enzymotec’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PQ Group N/A N/A N/A
Enzymotec -12.32% -3.26% -2.99%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for PQ Group and Enzymotec, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PQ Group 0 3 7 0 2.70
Enzymotec 0 2 0 0 2.00

PQ Group presently has a consensus target price of $19.75, indicating a potential upside of 19.05%. Enzymotec has a consensus target price of $11.75, indicating a potential downside of 0.59%. Given PQ Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe PQ Group is more favorable than Enzymotec.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.3% of PQ Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.7% of Enzymotec shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PQ Group and Enzymotec’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PQ Group $1.06 billion 2.11 -$79.74 million N/A N/A
Enzymotec $47.70 million 5.81 -$2.92 million ($0.26) -45.46

Enzymotec has lower revenue, but higher earnings than PQ Group.

Summary

PQ Group beats Enzymotec on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PQ Group

PQ Group Holdings Inc is a global provider of catalysts, specialty materials, chemicals and services that enable environmental improvements. The Company’s products and solutions help companies produce vehicles with fuel efficiency. The Company has developed zeolite-based catalysts to reduce pollutants in diesel engines. The Company’s segments include environmental catalysts and services, and performance materials and chemicals. Environmental catalysts and services segment has three product groups, including silica catalysts, zeolite catalysts, and refining services. Silica catalysts product group sells both the finished catalyst and catalysts supports, for the production of high-density polyethylene (HDPE).zeolite catalysts product group is a supplier of emissions control catalysts as well as a supplier of specialty catalysts, precursors, and formulations. Performance materials and chemicals segment has two product groups, including performance materials and performance chemicals.

About Enzymotec

Enzymotec Ltd. is a nutritional ingredients and medical foods company. The Company’s technologies, research expertise and clinical validation process enables it to develop solutions across a range of products. The Company operates in two segments: Nutrition segment and VAYA Pharma segment. Both of the Company’s segments offer a range of products that leverage its lipid-related offerings. Its product suite addresses the entire human life-cycle, from infancy to old age, and comprises ingredients in products ranging from infant formula to nutritional supplements, as well as branded medical foods, sold only under a doctor’s supervision. It markets its product portfolio to established global consumer companies and physicians and target large and growing consumer health and wellness markets. The Company’s clinically-validated products include bio-functional lipid-based compounds designed to address dietary needs, medical disorders and common diseases.

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