Perma-Fix Environmental Services (NASDAQ: PESI) and MagneGas (NASDAQ:MNGA) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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24.3% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.5% of MagneGas shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Perma-Fix Environmental Services shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.0% of MagneGas shares are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares Perma-Fix Environmental Services and MagneGas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perma-Fix Environmental Services -7.39% -16.95% -7.97%
MagneGas -371.23% -277.02% -126.92%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Perma-Fix Environmental Services and MagneGas’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perma-Fix Environmental Services $49.77 million 0.97 -$3.68 million ($0.31) -13.23
MagneGas $3.55 million 0.49 -$17.46 million ($33.28) -0.03

Perma-Fix Environmental Services has higher revenue and earnings than MagneGas. Perma-Fix Environmental Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MagneGas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Perma-Fix Environmental Services and MagneGas, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perma-Fix Environmental Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
MagneGas 0 0 1 0 3.00

MagneGas has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 500.00%. Given MagneGas’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe MagneGas is more favorable than Perma-Fix Environmental Services.

Risk & Volatility

Perma-Fix Environmental Services has a beta of 0.5, suggesting that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MagneGas has a beta of -0.47, suggesting that its stock price is 147% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Perma-Fix Environmental Services beats MagneGas on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Perma-Fix Environmental Services

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. is an environmental and environmental technology know-how company. It operates in three segments: The Treatment Segment (Treatment), the Services Segment (Services) and the Medical Segment (Medical). Treatment includes nuclear, low-level radioactive, mixed (waste containing both hazardous and low-level radioactive waste), hazardous and non-hazardous waste treatment, processing and disposal services primarily through approximately four licensed and permitted treatment and storage facilities held by its subsidiaries. Services include on-site waste management services to commercial and government customers, technical services and nuclear services. The Medical segment includes research and development (R&D) of a new medical isotope production technology by its Polish subsidiary, Perma-Fix Medical S.A. (PF Medical). Its Treatment and Services provide services to research institutions, commercial companies, public utilities and governmental agencies.

About MagneGas

MagneGas Corporation is an alternative energy company. The Company creates and produces hydrogen-based alternative fuel through the gasification of carbon-rich liquids, including certain liquids and liquid wastes. The Company is also developing the use of fuel for co-combustion with hydrocarbon fuels to reduce emissions. The Company also markets, for sale or licensure, its plasma arc technology for the processing of liquid waste (the Plasma Arc Flow System). Its products include the fuel called MagneGas2 for the metal working industry, the equipment primarily known in the firefighting industry, known as MagneTote, and the machines that produce MagneGas2, known as Plasma Arc Flow refineries. In addition, the Company sells metal cutting fuels and ancillary products through its subsidiary, Equipment Sales and Service, Inc. (ESSI), a Florida corporation. It distributes products through several industrial gas companies in California, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.

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