Reviewing Liquidmetal Technologies (LQMT) & FMC (FMC)

Liquidmetal Technologies (OTCMKTS:LQMT) and FMC (NYSE:FMC) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Liquidmetal Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.0% of FMC shares are held by institutional investors. 47.7% of Liquidmetal Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of FMC shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

FMC pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Liquidmetal Technologies does not pay a dividend. FMC pays out 59.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. FMC has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Liquidmetal Technologies and FMC’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liquidmetal Technologies $320,000.00 419.97 -$8.68 million N/A N/A
FMC $2.88 billion 3.76 $535.80 million $2.71 29.64

FMC has higher revenue and earnings than Liquidmetal Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

Liquidmetal Technologies has a beta of 0.37, indicating that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FMC has a beta of 1.54, indicating that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Liquidmetal Technologies and FMC, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liquidmetal Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
FMC 0 1 12 0 2.92

FMC has a consensus price target of $102.27, indicating a potential upside of 27.32%. Given FMC’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe FMC is more favorable than Liquidmetal Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Liquidmetal Technologies and FMC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liquidmetal Technologies -1,094.89% -12.73% -11.90%
FMC 22.28% 26.26% 8.07%

Summary

FMC beats Liquidmetal Technologies on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Liquidmetal Technologies

Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc., a materials technology and manufacturing company, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells products and parts from bulk amorphous alloys to customers in various industries. It offers components for non-consumer electronic devices, including aerospace components, medical devices, sporting goods, leisure products, automotive components, and industrial machines. The company also provides liquidmetal alloys for use in the medical/dental, automotive, non-consumer electronics, and sporting equipment. Its products related to medical devices include specialized blades, clamps, tissue suturing components, dental devices, and general surgery devices, as well as tissue manipulation devices and orthopedic instruments utilized for implant surgery procedures. In addition, the company offers sporting goods, including golf clubs, tennis rackets, archery, sporting arms, and scuba equipment; and leisure products, such as watchcases and knives. Further, it sells tooling and prototyping parts, such as demonstration parts and test samples for customers with products in development; and partners with third-party manufacturers and licensees to develop and commercialize liquidmetal alloy products. Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in Lake Forest, California.

About FMC

FMC Corporation, a diversified chemical company, provides solutions, applications, and products for the agricultural, consumer, and industrial markets worldwide. The company operates in two segments, FMC Agricultural Solutions and FMC Lithium. The FMC Agricultural Solutions segment develops, manufactures, markets, and sells crop protection chemicals, including insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides that are used in agriculture to enhance crop yield and quality by controlling a range of insects, weeds, and diseases, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control. The FMC Lithium segment manufactures lithium for use in batteries, polymers, pharmaceuticals, greases and lubricants, glass and ceramics, and other industrial uses. FMC Corporation was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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