Comparing Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) and Its Peers

Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ: PEIX) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial organic chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Pacific Ethanol to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.3% of Pacific Ethanol shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.8% of shares of all “Industrial organic chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Pacific Ethanol shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.2% of shares of all “Industrial organic chemicals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pacific Ethanol and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Pacific Ethanol $1.63 billion -$34.96 million -4.03
Pacific Ethanol Competitors $3.36 billion $346.13 million 4.24

Pacific Ethanol’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Pacific Ethanol. Pacific Ethanol is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Pacific Ethanol and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pacific Ethanol 0 0 3 0 3.00
Pacific Ethanol Competitors 120 479 744 26 2.49

Pacific Ethanol presently has a consensus price target of $11.33, indicating a potential upside of 230.90%. As a group, “Industrial organic chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 9.50%. Given Pacific Ethanol’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Pacific Ethanol is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Pacific Ethanol has a beta of 2.05, suggesting that its share price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pacific Ethanol’s competitors have a beta of 0.49, suggesting that their average share price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Pacific Ethanol and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pacific Ethanol -2.14% -8.84% -4.96%
Pacific Ethanol Competitors -11.48% -11.19% -5.31%

Summary

Pacific Ethanol beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Pacific Ethanol

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. produces and markets low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Production and Marketing. It produces and markets ethanol; specialty alcohols; and co-products, such as wet distillers grains, dry distillers grains with solubles, wet and dry corn gluten feed, condensed distillers solubles, corn gluten meal, corn germ, corn oil, distillers yeast, and CO2, as well as markets ethanol produced by third parties. The company also offers ethanol transportation, storage, and delivery services through third-party service providers. It sells ethanol to integrated oil companies and gasoline marketers; distillers grains and other feed co-products to dairies and feedlots; and corn oil to poultry and biodiesel customers. The company owns and operates nine ethanol production facilities in the Western states of California, Oregon, and Idaho; and in the Midwestern states of Illinois and Nebraska. Pacific Ethanol, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Sacramento, California.

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