Head to Head Survey: International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) and Wave Sync (WAYS)

International Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE:IFF) and Wave Sync (OTCMKTS:WAYS) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares International Flavors & Fragrances and Wave Sync’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
International Flavors & Fragrances 7.86% 21.76% 8.55%
Wave Sync N/A -1,106.34% -487.74%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares International Flavors & Fragrances and Wave Sync’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
International Flavors & Fragrances $3.40 billion 4.23 $295.66 million $5.89 22.91
Wave Sync $230,000.00 205.73 -$4.86 million N/A N/A

International Flavors & Fragrances has higher revenue and earnings than Wave Sync.

Risk and Volatility

International Flavors & Fragrances has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Wave Sync has a beta of 0.38, indicating that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for International Flavors & Fragrances and Wave Sync, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
International Flavors & Fragrances 3 3 4 0 2.10
Wave Sync 0 0 0 0 N/A

International Flavors & Fragrances presently has a consensus price target of $144.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.71%. Given International Flavors & Fragrances’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe International Flavors & Fragrances is more favorable than Wave Sync.

Dividends

International Flavors & Fragrances pays an annual dividend of $2.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Wave Sync does not pay a dividend. International Flavors & Fragrances pays out 49.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. International Flavors & Fragrances has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

77.8% of International Flavors & Fragrances shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Flavors & Fragrances shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 42.5% of Wave Sync shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

International Flavors & Fragrances beats Wave Sync on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About International Flavors & Fragrances

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures flavors and fragrances for use in various consumer products. It operates through two segments, Flavors and Fragrances. The Flavors segment offers flavor compounds primarily to the food and beverage industries for use in consumer products, such as prepared foods, beverages, dairy, food, and sweet products. The Fragrances segment provides fragrance compounds, which include fine fragrances comprising perfumes and colognes, as well as consumer fragrances for personal care, household products, and beauty care; fragrance ingredients comprising synthetic and natural ingredients that could be combined with other materials to create fragrance and consumer compounds; and cosmetic active ingredients consisting of active and functional ingredients, botanicals, and delivery systems to support its customers' cosmetic and personal care product lines. This segment serves perfume and toiletries manufacturers in the cosmetics industry; and manufacturers of soaps, detergents, fabric care, household cleaners, and air fresheners in the household products industry. The company has operations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Greater Asia, North America, and Latin America. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. was founded in 1833 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Wave Sync

Wave Sync Corp., a development stage company, engages in the design, development, and proliferation of next generation debit and credit cards for financial institutions in the United States. The company offers its products by employing secured encryption transmitted through audio wave technology. It also supplies and sells electronic inlays embedded with audio chips and other modules to card manufacturers. The company is based in Randolph, New Jersey.

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