BioAmber (NYSE: BIOA) and Orion Engineered Carbons S.A (NYSE:OEC) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares BioAmber and Orion Engineered Carbons S.A’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BioAmber $8.27 million 3.16 -$22.47 million ($0.80) -0.63
Orion Engineered Carbons S.A $1.14 billion 1.24 $49.38 million $1.17 20.43

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A has higher revenue and earnings than BioAmber. BioAmber is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Orion Engineered Carbons S.A, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A pays an annual dividend of $0.81 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. BioAmber does not pay a dividend. Orion Engineered Carbons S.A pays out 69.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

36.3% of BioAmber shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.9% of Orion Engineered Carbons S.A shares are held by institutional investors. 8.3% of BioAmber shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

BioAmber has a beta of 2.74, indicating that its stock price is 174% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Orion Engineered Carbons S.A has a beta of 0.53, indicating that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares BioAmber and Orion Engineered Carbons S.A’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BioAmber -221.82% -56.55% -21.56%
Orion Engineered Carbons S.A 5.50% 141.12% 8.96%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for BioAmber and Orion Engineered Carbons S.A, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BioAmber 0 1 0 0 2.00
Orion Engineered Carbons S.A 0 0 4 0 3.00

BioAmber presently has a consensus price target of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 497.01%. Orion Engineered Carbons S.A has a consensus price target of $25.50, indicating a potential upside of 6.69%. Given BioAmber’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe BioAmber is more favorable than Orion Engineered Carbons S.A.

Summary

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A beats BioAmber on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About BioAmber

BioAmber Inc. (BioAmber), formerly DNP Green Technology, Inc., is an industrial biotechnology company, which produces sustainable chemicals. The Company’s technology platform combines industrial biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into sustainable chemicals that are replacements for petroleum-derived chemicals, which are used in a range of everyday products, including plastics, food additives and personal care products. Its geographical segments include Europe and North America. Its product pipeline includes the derivatives of bio-succinic acid, such as 1,4 Butanediol (1,4 BDO) and tetrahydrofuran (THF), and succinic acid-based polyesters, and C6 building block chemicals, such as adipic acid, caprolactam and hexamethylenediamine (HMDA). Its products are used in various applications, including polyurethanes, resins and coatings, de-icing and coolant solutions, fine chemicals, lubricants, carpets, engineering plastics and artificial leather products.

About Orion Engineered Carbons S.A

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. is a producer of carbon black. The Company operates through two segments: Specialty Carbon Black and Rubber Carbon Black. The Specialty Carbon Black segment is engaged in the production of specialty carbon black. The Rubber Carbon Black segment is involved in the production of rubber carbon black. As of December 31, 2016, it operated a diversified carbon black business with over 280 specialty carbon black grades and approximately 80 rubber carbon black grades. Carbon black is used as a pigment and as a performance additive in coatings, polymers, printing and special applications (specialty carbon black), and in the reinforcement of rubber in tires and mechanical rubber goods (rubber carbon black). As of December 31, 2016, it operated a global platform of 13 production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and South Africa and three sales companies, as well as one jointly-owned production plant in Germany.

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