Methes Energies International (MEIL) versus Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) Head to Head Review

Methes Energies International (OTCMKTS:MEIL) and Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ:PEIX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Methes Energies International and Pacific Ethanol’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Methes Energies International N/A N/A N/A
Pacific Ethanol -2.66% -11.39% -5.86%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Methes Energies International and Pacific Ethanol’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Methes Energies International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pacific Ethanol $1.63 billion 0.03 -$34.96 million ($0.85) -1.40

Methes Energies International has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Pacific Ethanol.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.1% of Pacific Ethanol shares are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Methes Energies International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Pacific Ethanol shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Methes Energies International has a beta of 2.1, indicating that its share price is 110% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pacific Ethanol has a beta of 2.18, indicating that its share price is 118% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Methes Energies International and Pacific Ethanol, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Methes Energies International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pacific Ethanol 0 0 2 0 3.00

Pacific Ethanol has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 446.22%. Given Pacific Ethanol’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Pacific Ethanol is more favorable than Methes Energies International.

Summary

Pacific Ethanol beats Methes Energies International on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Methes Energies International

Methes Energies International Ltd., a renewable energy company, produces and sells biodiesel fuel and biodiesel processing equipment in the United States and Canada. It offers Denami biodiesel processors. The company also produces glycerin and offer services related to the production of biodiesel, as well as purchases and sells feedstock. It sells its products and services to a network of biodiesel fuel producers. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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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