TerraVia Holdings (TVIA) & Platform Specialty Products Corporation (PAH) Critical Comparison

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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Platform Specialty Products Corporation $3.62 billion 1.05 $755.70 million ($0.27) -49.11
TerraVia Holdings $18.11 million 1.32 -$53.47 million ($1.10) -0.20

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.

Profitability

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

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

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Platform Specialty Products Corporation 0 3 5 0 2.63
TerraVia Holdings 0 1 0 0 2.00

Platform Specialty Products Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $12.38, suggesting a potential downside of 6.67%. TerraVia Holdings has a consensus target price of $1.50, suggesting a potential upside of 580.89%. Given TerraVia Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe TerraVia Holdings is more favorable than Platform Specialty Products Corporation.

Volatility and Risk

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.1% of Platform Specialty Products Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.7% of TerraVia Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.0% of Platform Specialty Products Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.1% of TerraVia Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

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

TerraVia Holdings Company Profile

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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