Head-To-Head Review: Braskem (BAK) versus Innophos (IPHS)

Braskem (NYSE: BAK) and Innophos (NASDAQ:IPHS) are both oils/energy 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, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Braskem and Innophos, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Braskem 0 0 1 0 3.00
Innophos 0 1 1 0 2.50

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Braskem and Innophos’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Braskem $13.74 billion 0.93 -$117.96 million N/A N/A
Innophos $725.34 million 1.27 $47.97 million $2.17 21.77

Innophos has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Braskem.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.6% of Braskem shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.5% of Innophos shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Braskem shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Innophos shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Braskem and Innophos’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Braskem 3.07% 28.41% 2.59%
Innophos 6.19% 13.90% 7.26%

Risk and Volatility

Braskem has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Innophos has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Braskem pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Innophos pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Innophos pays out 88.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Innophos beats Braskem on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Braskem Company Profile

Braskem S.A. produces thermoplastic resins. The Company’s segments are Basic petrochemicals, Polyolefins, Vinyls, the United States and Europe, and Chemical distribution. It is also engaged in the import and export of chemicals, petrochemicals and fuels, the production, supply and sale of utilities such as steam, water, compressed air, industrial gases, the provision of industrial services, and the production, supply and sale of electric energy. It also invests in other companies, either as a partner or as shareholder. It operates over 40 industrial units, over 30 of which are located in the Brazilian states of Alagoas, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and Sao Paulo; over five are located in the United States, in the states of Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia, and over two are located in Germany, in the cities of Wesseling and Schkopau. These units produce thermoplastic resins–polyethylene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride, as well as basic petrochemicals.

Innophos Company Profile

Innophos Holdings, Inc. is a producer of nutritional specialty ingredients with applications in food, beverage, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical, oral care and industrial end markets. The Company also provides bioactive mineral and nutritional ingredients. The Company’s segments include Specialty Phosphates US & Canada, Specialty Phosphates Mexico, and Granular Triple Super Phosphate (GTSP) & Other. The Company has four principal product lines: Specialty Ingredients; Food and Technical Grade Purified Phosphoric Acid (PPA); Technical Grade Sodium Tripolyphosphate (STPP), & Detergent Grade PPA, and GTSP & Other. The Company’s bioactive mineral ingredients are mineral-based ingredients for food, beverage and dietary supplement end markets that are manufactured to be readily digestible. The Company has its manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and China.

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