Methanex (NASDAQ:MEOH) and Solarwindow Technologies (OTCMKTS:WNDW) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.2% of Methanex shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Methanex shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Methanex and Solarwindow Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Methanex $3.06 billion 1.39 $316.13 million $4.71 11.61
Solarwindow Technologies N/A N/A -$6.85 million N/A N/A

Methanex has higher revenue and earnings than Solarwindow Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Methanex and Solarwindow Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Methanex 12.48% 34.25% 13.00%
Solarwindow Technologies N/A N/A -372.52%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Methanex and Solarwindow Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Methanex 0 4 10 0 2.71
Solarwindow Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Methanex presently has a consensus price target of $80.23, indicating a potential upside of 46.70%. Given Methanex’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Methanex is more favorable than Solarwindow Technologies.

Risk and Volatility

Methanex has a beta of 1.58, suggesting that its stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Solarwindow Technologies has a beta of 0.51, suggesting that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Methanex pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Solarwindow Technologies does not pay a dividend. Methanex pays out 28.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Methanex has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Summary

Methanex beats Solarwindow Technologies on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Methanex

Methanex Corporation produces and sells methanol in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and South America. It also purchases and sells 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 Solarwindow Technologies

SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. develops electricity-generating systems using see-through glass windows and flexible plastic products. It engages in developing SolarWindow electricity-generating systems that harvest light energy from the sun and artificial sources using a coating of organic photovoltaic solar cell. The company is also involved in developing SolarWindow–Commercial, a flat glass product for installation in new commercial towers under construction and replacement windows; SolarWindow–Structural Glass, a structural glass wall and curtain for tall structures; SolarWindow–Architectural Glass, a textured and decorative interior glass walls, room dividers, etc.; and SolarWindow–Residential, a window glass for installation in new residential homes under construction and replacement windows. In addition, it engages in developing SolarWindow–Flex, a flexible film, which is applied directly onto glass for retrofit to existing commercial towers, buildings, and residential homes; SolarWindow–BIPV components associated with BIPV applications in homes, buildings, and office towers; and SolarWindow Retrofit Veneer, a transparent, tinted, and flexible veneer that installers can apply directly over top of existing windows. The company was formerly known as New Energy Technologies, Inc. and changed its name to SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. in March 2015. SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Columbia, Maryland.

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