Methanex (NASDAQ:MEOH) and Image Chain Group (OTCMKTS:ICGL) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Methanex and Image Chain Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Methanex -1.66% -4.07% -1.22%
Image Chain Group N/A N/A N/A

Risk & Volatility

Methanex has a beta of 2.31, indicating that its stock price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Image Chain Group has a beta of 0.51, indicating that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Methanex and Image Chain Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Methanex 3 7 5 0 2.13
Image Chain Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Methanex presently has a consensus target price of $24.62, suggesting a potential upside of 10.58%. Given Methanex’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Methanex is more favorable than Image Chain Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.8% of Methanex shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Methanex shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Methanex and Image Chain Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Methanex $2.78 billion 0.61 $87.77 million $0.93 23.94
Image Chain Group $1.36 million 37.77 -$2.92 million N/A N/A

Methanex has higher revenue and earnings than Image Chain Group.

Summary

Methanex beats Image Chain Group on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Methanex

Methanex Corporation produces and supplies methanol in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and South America. It also purchases methanol produced by others under methanol offtake contracts and on the spot market. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

About Image Chain Group

Image Chain Group Limited, Inc. does not have significant operations. Previously, it was engaged in producing, marketing, and selling tea polyphenol products. The company is headquartered in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

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