Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE: AQUA) and Fuel Tech (NASDAQ:FTEK) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Evoqua Water Technologies and Fuel Tech’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Evoqua Water Technologies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Fuel Tech $55.16 million 0.41 -$17.38 million ($0.81) -1.16

Evoqua Water Technologies has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Fuel Tech.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

27.8% of Fuel Tech shares are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Fuel Tech shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Evoqua Water Technologies and Fuel Tech, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Evoqua Water Technologies 0 4 4 0 2.50
Fuel Tech 0 0 0 0 N/A

Evoqua Water Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $23.88, suggesting a potential upside of 1.94%. Given Evoqua Water Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Evoqua Water Technologies is more favorable than Fuel Tech.

Profitability

This table compares Evoqua Water Technologies and Fuel Tech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Evoqua Water Technologies 8.90% 44.93% 6.20%
Fuel Tech -43.05% -21.12% -15.66%

Summary

Evoqua Water Technologies beats Fuel Tech on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Evoqua Water Technologies

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. is focused on providing water treatment solutions. The Company is offering services, systems and technologies to support customers’ full water lifecycle needs. The Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of differentiated, proprietary technology solutions. The Company operates through three segments Industrial, Municipal and Products. Industrial Segment provides fully-integrated systems and service solutions that selectively utilize its comprehensive portfolio of water treatment technologies to satisfy its customers’ unique water needs. Municipal Segment provides engineered solutions and equipment for the treatment of wastewater, purification of drinking water and odor and corrosion control for municipalities. Products Segment sells differentiated technologies to a diverse set of water treatment system specifiers, integrators and end users globally.

About Fuel Tech

Fuel Tech, Inc. is a technology company. The Company is engaged in the development, commercialization and application of technologies for air pollution control, process optimization, combustion efficiency and engineering services. It operates through three segments: Air Pollution Control technology, FUEL CHEM technology and Fuel Conversion. The Air Pollution Control technology segment includes technologies to manage nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions in flue gas from boilers, incinerators, furnaces and other stationary combustion sources. The FUEL CHEM technology segment uses chemical processes in combination with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and chemical kinetics modeling (CKM) boiler modeling, for the control of slagging, fouling, corrosion, opacity and other sulfur trioxide-related issues in furnaces and boilers through the addition of chemicals into the furnace. The Fuel Conversion segment represents the CARBONITE fuel conversion process and technology.

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