Northern Technologies International (NASDAQ: NTIC) and Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE:AQUA) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Northern Technologies International and Evoqua Water Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Northern Technologies International $39.57 million 2.33 $3.42 million $0.76 26.71
Evoqua Water Technologies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Northern Technologies International has higher revenue and earnings than Evoqua Water Technologies.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

25.0% of Northern Technologies International shares are held by institutional investors. 19.5% of Northern Technologies International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Northern Technologies International and Evoqua Water Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Evoqua Water Technologies has a consensus price target of $23.88, indicating a potential upside of 4.95%. Given Evoqua Water Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Evoqua Water Technologies is more favorable than Northern Technologies International.

Profitability

This table compares Northern Technologies International and Evoqua Water Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Northern Technologies International 8.65% 7.06% 6.44%
Evoqua Water Technologies 8.90% 44.93% 6.20%

Northern Technologies International Company Profile

Northern Technologies International Corporation develops and markets environmentally beneficial products and services. The Company’s primary business is corrosion prevention marketed mainly under ZERUST and EXCOR brands (collectively ZERUST). The Company’s segments include ZERUST and Natur-Tec. The Company is engaged in selling its ZERUST products and services to the automotive, electronics, electrical, mechanical, military and retail consumer markets. The Company’s ZERUST rust and corrosion inhibiting products include plastic and paper packaging, liquids and coatings, rust removers and cleaners, diffusers and engineered solutions designed specifically for the oil and gas industry. The Company also offers onsite technical consulting for rust and corrosion prevention issues across the world. The Company manufactures and sells a range of bio-based and compostable (fully biodegradable) polymer resin compounds and finished products under the Natur-Tec brand.

Evoqua Water Technologies Company Profile

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.

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