TerraVia Holdings (TVIA) and Platform Specialty Products Corporation (PAH) Critical Contrast

TerraVia Holdings (NASDAQ: TVIA) and Platform Specialty Products Corporation (NYSE:PAH) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

43.8% of TerraVia Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.1% of Platform Specialty Products Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.1% of TerraVia Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.0% of Platform Specialty Products Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TerraVia Holdings and Platform Specialty Products Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TerraVia Holdings $18.11 million 1.30 -$53.47 million ($1.10) -0.20
Platform Specialty Products Corporation $3.62 billion 1.03 $755.70 million ($0.27) -48.41

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

Risk & Volatility

TerraVia Holdings has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Platform Specialty Products Corporation has a beta of 3.29, indicating that its stock price is 229% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for TerraVia Holdings and Platform Specialty Products Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TerraVia Holdings 0 1 0 0 2.00
Platform Specialty Products Corporation 0 3 6 0 2.67

TerraVia Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $1.50, suggesting a potential upside of 588.39%. Platform Specialty Products Corporation has a consensus target price of $12.22, suggesting a potential downside of 6.49%. Given TerraVia Holdings’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe TerraVia Holdings is more favorable than Platform Specialty Products Corporation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TerraVia Holdings -413.48% N/A -61.89%
Platform Specialty Products Corporation 1.18% 6.77% 1.87%

Summary

Platform Specialty Products Corporation beats TerraVia Holdings on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TerraVia Holdings

Solazyme, Inc. creates renewable oils and bioproducts. The Company’s technology uses microalgae in an industrial fermentation process to transform a range of plant-based sugars into triglyceride oils and other bioproducts. The Company offers Algenist, a skin and personal care product available at Sephora S.A. and its affiliates, QVC, Inc., SpaceNK Limited, select Nordstrom stores and ULTA Beauty. It offers intermediates/ingredients, such as Tailored oils, powdered oils, and other closely related products targeted at customers in the industrial products, food products and personal care products markets. The Company’s commercial focus is to sell oils, encapsulated oils and whole algal powdered products to companies that use them as intermediates and ingredients.

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