Versum Materials (NYSE:VSM) and GlyEco (OTCMKTS:GLYE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Versum Materials has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GlyEco has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Versum Materials and GlyEco, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Versum Materials 0 1 5 0 2.83
GlyEco 0 0 0 0 N/A

Versum Materials presently has a consensus target price of $47.00, suggesting a potential upside of 48.73%. Given Versum Materials’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Versum Materials is more favorable than GlyEco.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.9% of Versum Materials shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.2% of GlyEco shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Versum Materials shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.1% of GlyEco shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Versum Materials and GlyEco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Versum Materials 14.39% 185.48% 18.49%
GlyEco -37.32% -201.33% -37.99%

Dividends

Versum Materials pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. GlyEco does not pay a dividend. Versum Materials pays out 13.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Versum Materials and GlyEco’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Versum Materials $1.37 billion 2.51 $197.50 million $2.35 13.45
GlyEco $12.07 million 0.18 -$5.18 million N/A N/A

Versum Materials has higher revenue and earnings than GlyEco.

Summary

Versum Materials beats GlyEco on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Versum Materials

Versum Materials, Inc. develops, manufactures, transports, and handles specialty materials for the semiconductor and display industries in the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Europe, and rest of Asia. The company operates through two segments, Materials, and Delivery Systems and Services (DS&S). The Materials segment provides specialty chemicals and materials used in semiconductors, as well as specialty gases used in the semiconductor manufacturing process, including high purity process materials for deposition, metallization, chamber cleaning, and etching; chemicals mechanical planarization slurries; organosilanes; organometallics and liquid dopants for thin film deposition; and formulated chemical products for post-etch cleaning primarily for the manufacture of silicon and compound semiconductors, and thin film transistor liquid crystal displays. The DS&S segment develops, designs, manufactures, and sells bulk gas, specialty gas, and specialty chemical cabinets and systems, which are used to manage the delivery of key materials into the semiconductor manufacturing process; and flow and temperature control systems and analytical systems to capture data. It is also involved in the project management for installation and startup of the gas and chemical delivery systems, and inventory management; and provision of spare parts, equipment upgrades, equipment maintenance, and training services. In addition, this segment offers on-site services to assist customers in managing the inventory of gases and chemicals comprising ordering, product changes and monitoring, quality assurance, operation of delivery systems, and managing the bulk gas and specialty gas operations. Versum Materials, Inc. was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.

About GlyEco

GlyEco, Inc., a specialty chemical company, develops, manufactures, and distributes performance fluids for the automotive, commercial, and industrial markets in North America. The company operates through two segments, Consumer and Industrial. Its Consumer segment provides antifreeze/coolant products; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning fluids; and waste glycol disposal services. The company's Industrial segment develops, manufactures, and markets additive packages for the antifreeze/coolant, gas patch coolant, and heat transfer industries; and METALGUARD additive package product line comprising one-step inhibitor systems to make various types of antifreeze concentrates and 50/50 coolants for automobiles, heavy-duty diesel engines, stationary engines in gas patch, and other applications, as well as METALGUARD heat transfer fluids that include propylene and ethylene glycol based light and heavy-duty fluids for various operating temperatures. It also operates a glycol re-distillation plant in West Virginia, which processes waste glycol into virgin quality recycled glycol for sale to industrial customers. GlyEco, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is based in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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