Taminco (NYSE: TAM) and UFP Technologies (NASDAQ:UFPT) are both small-cap commodity chemicals – nec companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Taminco and UFP Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|UFP Technologies||$146.13 million||1.44||$7.97 million||$1.09||26.56|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
69.1% of UFP Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 13.3% of UFP Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Taminco and UFP Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Taminco and UFP Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
UFP Technologies beats Taminco on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
Taminco Company Profile
Taminco Corp is a producer of alkylamines and alkylamine derivatives. The Company’s products are used by its customers in the manufacturing of everyday products primarily for the agriculture, water treatment, personal and home care, animal nutrition and oil and gas end-markets. It operates in 19 countries with seven production facilities and, as of December 31, 2012, had an installed production capacity of 1,272 thousand tons. The Company has three business segments: Functional Amines, Specialty Amines, and Crop Protection. In March 2014, the Company announced that it completed the acquisition of the formic acid business of Kemira Oyj. Its main shareholder is Eastman Chemical Company.
UFP Technologies Company Profile
UFP Technologies, Inc. is a designer and custom converter of foams, plastics, composites and natural fiber materials. The Company is engaged in providing solutions to customers primarily within the medical, automotive, consumer, electronics, industrial, and aerospace and defense markets. It converts these materials using laminating, molding, and fabricating manufacturing technologies. The Company’s raw materials consist of polyethylene and polyurethane foams, sheet plastics, pulp fiber, cross-linked polyethylene and reticulated polyurethane foams, fabric and foam laminates, and natural fiber materials. The Company converts these materials to provide customers various solutions, including automotive interior trim, medical device components, disposable wound care components, military uniform and gear components, athletic padding, air filtration, high-temperature insulation, abrasive nail files and other beauty aids, and cushion packaging for their products.
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