Trecora Resources (NYSE: TREC) and PetroLogistics (NYSE:PDH) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Trecora Resources and PetroLogistics’ 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%
PetroLogistics N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

41.4% of Trecora Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 6.6% of Trecora Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Trecora Resources and PetroLogistics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trecora Resources 0 0 3 0 3.00
PetroLogistics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Trecora Resources currently has a consensus price target of $15.33, indicating a potential upside of 25.68%.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Trecora Resources and PetroLogistics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trecora Resources $212.40 million 1.40 $19.42 million $0.13 93.85
PetroLogistics N/A N/A N/A $1.18 N/A

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

Summary

Trecora Resources beats PetroLogistics on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Trecora Resources Company Profile

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.

PetroLogistics Company Profile

PetroLogistics LP owns and operates propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility. The Company is located in the vicinity of the Houston Ship Channel. As of April 23, 2012, the Company had an annual production capacity of approximately 1.45 billion pounds of propylene. Its PDH facility uses a CATOFIN dehydrogenation technology pursuant to a fully-paid license from CB&I Lummus. It derives its sales from three different sources: propylene sales, hydrogen sales, and mixed stream of butane and butylenes (C4 mix stream) and heavier hydrocarbons (C5+ stream) sales. In July 2014, Flint Hills Resources acquired PetroLogistics LP (PetroLogistics) and general partner, PetroLogistics GP LLC (MLP GP).

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