LiqTech International (NYSE: LIQT) and Northern Technologies International Corporation (NASDAQ:NTIC) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and profitabiliy.

Profitability

This table compares LiqTech International and Northern Technologies International Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LiqTech International -28.07% -57.07% -30.07%
Northern Technologies International Corporation 1.56% 5.24% 4.79%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

25.6% of Northern Technologies International Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.0% of Northern Technologies International Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for LiqTech International and Northern Technologies International Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LiqTech International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Northern Technologies International Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares LiqTech International and Northern Technologies International Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LiqTech International $13.24 million 1.04 -$4.56 million N/A N/A
Northern Technologies International Corporation $38.19 million 2.04 -$1.57 million $0.14 122.86

Northern Technologies International Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than LiqTech International.

Summary

Northern Technologies International Corporation beats LiqTech International on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About LiqTech International

LiqTech International, Inc. is a clean technology company that provides technologies for gas and liquid purification by manufacturing ceramic silicon carbide filters. The Company develops and manufactures products of re-crystallized silicon carbide. It specializes in two business areas, which include ceramic membranes for liquid filtration, and diesel particulate filters (DPFs) for the control of soot exhaust particles from diesel engines. Under the LiqTech, Cometas and Provital brand names, it manufactures and sells ceramic silicon carbide membranes and systems for liquid filtration using silicon carbide technology that focus on hydrocarbon production-derived contaminated water and pre-filtration for reverse osmosis. It offers DPFs for exhaust emission control solutions to the retrofit and the original equipment manufacturer markets. It also offers Kiln furniture, which refers to various items used in a kiln to support ceramics that maximizes the number of items for each firing.

About Northern Technologies International Corporation

Northern Technologies International Corporation develops and markets environmentally beneficial products and services. The Company’s primary business is corrosion prevention marketed mainly under ZERUST and EXCOR brands (collectively ZERUST). The Company’s segments include ZERUST and Natur-Tec. The Company is engaged in selling its ZERUST products and services to the automotive, electronics, electrical, mechanical, military and retail consumer markets. The Company’s ZERUST rust and corrosion inhibiting products include plastic and paper packaging, liquids and coatings, rust removers and cleaners, diffusers and engineered solutions designed specifically for the oil and gas industry. The Company also offers onsite technical consulting for rust and corrosion prevention issues across the world. The Company manufactures and sells a range of bio-based and compostable (fully biodegradable) polymer resin compounds and finished products under the Natur-Tec brand.

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