Platform Specialty Products (NYSE: PAH) and AdvanSix (NYSE:ASIX) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Platform Specialty Products and AdvanSix’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Platform Specialty Products $3.59 billion 0.80 -$73.70 million ($0.48) -20.80
AdvanSix $1.19 billion 1.10 $34.14 million $1.59 27.04

AdvanSix has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Platform Specialty Products. Platform Specialty Products is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AdvanSix, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.0% of Platform Specialty Products shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.7% of AdvanSix shares are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of Platform Specialty Products shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of AdvanSix 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 Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Platform Specialty Products and AdvanSix, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Platform Specialty Products 0 3 6 0 2.67
AdvanSix 0 0 1 0 3.00

Platform Specialty Products currently has a consensus price target of $13.11, suggesting a potential upside of 31.31%. AdvanSix has a consensus price target of $46.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.00%. Given Platform Specialty Products’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Platform Specialty Products is more favorable than AdvanSix.

Profitability

This table compares Platform Specialty Products and AdvanSix’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Platform Specialty Products -4.12% 7.45% 2.15%
AdvanSix 5.80% 29.70% 9.04%

Summary

AdvanSix beats Platform Specialty Products on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Platform Specialty Products Company Profile

Platform Specialty Products Corporation produces and sells specialty chemical products in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, and Europe. It operates through two segments, Performance Solutions and Agricultural Solutions. The Performance Solutions segment offers plating products that are used to plate holes; electroless nickel products, which are applied to various metal and plastic surfaces; electronic assembly materials for use in the electronic market and residential boiler systems; final finishes that are used on printed circuit boards; circuit formation products for surface preparation; oxides, which are used in the fabrication of multilayer circuit boards; semiconductor materials and packaging products; and pre-treatment and cleaning solutions. This segment also provides functional conversion coatings that are applied to metals to enhance corrosion resistance and paint adhesion; hard-coated films, which are used for the membrane switch in the touch screen markets; production and drilling fluids used in subsea control systems; solid sheet printing elements for use in flexographic printing and platemaking processes; liquid products to produce printing plates; and printing equipment. The Agricultural Solutions segment offers fungicides and biofungicides to prevent the spread of fungi and other diseases in crops; herbicides to control unwanted plants; insecticides, bioinsecticides, and acaricides; biostimulants and nutrition products; and seed treatment products, which are applied to seed before planting, as well as animal health products, such as honey bee protective miticides and veterinary vaccines. The company was formerly known as Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited and changed its name to Platform Specialty Products Corporation in October 2013. Platform Specialty Products Corporation was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.

AdvanSix Company Profile

AdvanSix Inc. is an integrated manufacturer of Nylon 6. The Company also sells a variety of other products, all of which are produced as part of the Nylon 6 resin manufacturing process primarily, including caprolactam, ammonium sulfate fertilizers and other chemical intermediates. The Company operates primarily through its integrated manufacturing sites located in Frankford, Pennsylvania, Hopewell, Virginia, and Chesterfield, Virginia. The Company offers ammonium sulfate, which is used by customers as a nitrogen-based fertilizer. It produces ammonium sulfate fertilizer as part of its manufacturing process. The Company manufactures ammonium sulfate fertilizers including Sulf-N and Sulf-N 26. The Company provides AdvanSix Aegis nylon resins and Aegis barrier nylon resins. Its nylon resins are a preferred choice in food, liquid, and consumer packaging along with mono/multifilament products, carpet fibers, automotive compounding and more. It offers Capran biaxially oriented nylon films.

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