Head to Head Survey: Cameco (CCJ) and Abtech (ABHD)

Cameco (NYSE: CCJ) and Abtech (OTCMKTS:ABHD) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.


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This table compares Cameco and Abtech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cameco -9.72% 1.24% 0.79%
Abtech -650.43% N/A -617.42%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cameco and Abtech’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cameco $1.66 billion 2.42 -$158.09 million $0.12 84.75
Abtech $570,000.00 9.74 -$3.79 million N/A N/A

Abtech has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Cameco.

Risk and Volatility

Cameco has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Abtech has a beta of -2.67, meaning that its stock price is 367% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Cameco pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Abtech does not pay a dividend. Cameco pays out 266.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

51.9% of Cameco shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Abtech shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Cameco shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of Abtech shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Cameco and Abtech, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cameco 3 0 2 0 1.80
Abtech 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cameco currently has a consensus target price of $22.50, suggesting a potential upside of 121.24%. Given Cameco’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cameco is more favorable than Abtech.


Cameco beats Abtech on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cameco

Cameco Corporation produces and sells uranium worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Uranium, Fuel Services, and NUKEM. The Uranium segment is involved in the exploration for, mining, and milling, as well as purchase and sale of uranium concentrates. Its operating uranium properties include the Cigar Lake property located in Saskatchewan, Canada; the Inkai property situated in Kazakhstan; the Smith Ranch-Highland property located in Wyoming, the United States; and the Crow Butte property situated in Nebraska, the United States. The Fuel Services segment engages in the refining, conversion, and fabrication of uranium concentrate, as well as the purchase and sale of conversion services. This segment also produces fuel bundles and reactor components for CANDU reactors; and provides consulting services to CANDU operators. The NUKEM segment trades in uranium and uranium-related products. The company sells its uranium and fuel services to nuclear utilities. Cameco Corporation was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada.

About Abtech

Abtech Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, AbTech Industries, Inc. (AbTech Industries), provides solutions to water contamination issues that are caused by stormwater runoff, industrial processes, water produced in the extractive industries, such as oil and gas drilling, and spills of oil-based fluids in marine environments. The Company operates through the filtration and treatment of polluted water segment. It provides services for the design and selection of water treatment systems, products sales of filtration and treatment systems, installation of the treatment technologies and maintenance of the installed systems. These activities are provided through subcontractors and on some projects the Company may act as a subcontractor to other entities. AbTech Industries has developed a range of products that leverage its cornerstone filtration media technology called Smart Sponge. The technology can be used as a filtration media to remove hydrocarbons and other pollutants from water.

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