Trecora Resources (TREC) vs. PQ Group (PQG) Financial Comparison

Trecora Resources (NYSE: TREC) and PQ Group (NYSE:PQG) are both commodity chemicals – nec companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Trecora Resources and PQ Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trecora Resources $212.40 million 1.55 $19.42 million $0.13 103.85
PQ Group $1.06 billion 2.09 -$79.74 million $0.04 411.25

Trecora Resources has higher earnings, but lower revenue than PQ Group. Trecora Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PQ Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trecora Resources 1.37% 3.74% 2.09%
PQ Group N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Trecora Resources and PQ Group, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trecora Resources 0 0 3 0 3.00
PQ Group 0 3 7 0 2.70

Trecora Resources currently has a consensus price target of $15.33, suggesting a potential upside of 13.58%. PQ Group has a consensus price target of $19.75, suggesting a potential upside of 20.06%. Given PQ Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PQ Group is more favorable than Trecora Resources.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

42.7% of Trecora Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.3% of PQ Group shares are held by institutional investors. 6.6% of Trecora Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Trecora Resources beats PQ Group on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Trecora Resources

Trecora Resources (TREC) is a provider of high-purity specialty hydrocarbons and waxes. TREC owns and operates a facility located in southeast Texas, just north of Beaumont, which specializes in high-purity hydrocarbons and other petrochemical manufacturing. The Company operates through two segments: specialty petrochemical products and specialty synthetic waxes. The specialty petrochemical products segment operates through South Hampton Resources, Inc. (SHR). The specialty synthetic wax segment operates through Trecora Chemical, Inc. (TC). SHR owns and operates a specialty petrochemical facility that produces hydrocarbons and other petroleum-based products, including isopentane, normal pentane, isohexane and hexane. TC produces specialty polyethylene and poly alpha olefin waxes, and provides custom processing services. In addition, the Company is the 33.4% owner of Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Co., a Saudi Arabian joint stock company.

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.

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