Head to Head Review: Allegheny Technologies (ATI) and Aqua Metals (AQMS)
Allegheny Technologies (NYSE: ATI) and Aqua Metals (NASDAQ:AQMS) are both nonferrous metal processing companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and risk.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Allegheny Technologies and Aqua Metals’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Allegheny Technologies||$3.13 billion||0.90||-$640.90 million||($0.82)||-31.51|
|Aqua Metals||N/A||N/A||-$13.55 million||($1.21)||-3.17|
Aqua Metals has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Allegheny Technologies. Allegheny Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aqua Metals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility and Risk
Allegheny Technologies has a beta of 2.44, meaning that its stock price is 144% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aqua Metals has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
44.1% of Aqua Metals shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Allegheny Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.7% of Aqua Metals shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Allegheny Technologies and Aqua Metals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a summary of recent ratings for Allegheny Technologies and Aqua Metals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Allegheny Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $20.57, suggesting a potential downside of 20.39%. Aqua Metals has a consensus target price of $28.60, suggesting a potential upside of 644.79%. Given Aqua Metals’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Aqua Metals is more favorable than Allegheny Technologies.
Aqua Metals beats Allegheny Technologies on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Allegheny Technologies
Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is a manufacturer of specialty materials and complex components. The Company operates through two business segments: High Performance Materials & Components (HPMC), and Flat Rolled Products (FRP). The HPMC segment produces, converts and distributes a range of materials, including titanium and titanium-based alloys, nickel- and cobalt-based alloys and superalloys, zirconium and related alloys, including hafnium and niobium, advanced powder alloys and other specialty materials, in long product forms, such as ingot, billet, bar, rod, wire, shapes and rectangles, and seamless tubes, plus precision forgings, castings, components and machined parts. The FRP segment produces, converts and distributes stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, specialty alloys, and titanium and titanium-based alloys, in a range of product forms, including plate, sheet, engineered strip, and Precision Rolled Strip products.
About Aqua Metals
Aqua Metals, Inc. is engaged in the business of recycling lead through a process that the Company developed and named AquaRefining. The Company’s AquaRefining process focuses on providing for the recycling of lead acid batteries (LABs) and the production of lead. AquaRefining uses bio-degradable aqueous solvent and an ambient temperature electro-chemical process to produce lead. The modular nature of AquaRefining makes it possible to start LAB recycling at a much smaller scale than is possible with smelters. Its AquaRefining process begins with the crushing of used LABs and the separation of the metallic lead, active material (lead compounds), sulfuric acid and plastic for recycling. The active material is dissolved in its solvent. The primary lead is then stripped from the solvent using its automated process allowing the solvent to be reused continuously and indefinitely. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had not generated revenues.
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