Advanced Emissions Solutions (NASDAQ: ADES) and Abtech Holdings (OTCMKTS:ABHD) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.8% of Advanced Emissions Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Abtech Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 8.5% of Advanced Emissions Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of Abtech Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Advanced Emissions Solutions and Abtech Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Advanced Emissions Solutions 0 0 2 0 3.00
Abtech Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

Advanced Emissions Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 74.25%. Given Advanced Emissions Solutions’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Advanced Emissions Solutions is more favorable than Abtech Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Advanced Emissions Solutions and Abtech Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Advanced Emissions Solutions 192.72% 66.67% 45.15%
Abtech Holdings -870.93% N/A -593.85%

Dividends

Advanced Emissions Solutions pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.7%. Abtech Holdings does not pay a dividend. Advanced Emissions Solutions pays out 22.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Advanced Emissions Solutions has a beta of 2.85, indicating that its share price is 185% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Abtech Holdings has a beta of -3.72, indicating that its share price is 472% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Advanced Emissions Solutions and Abtech Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Advanced Emissions Solutions $52.19 million 4.12 -$11.99 million $4.50 2.30
Abtech Holdings $397,902.00 22.69 -$3.69 million N/A N/A

Abtech Holdings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Advanced Emissions Solutions.

Summary

Advanced Emissions Solutions beats Abtech Holdings on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Advanced Emissions Solutions

ADA-ES, Inc. (ADA) develops, offers, and implements environmental technologies and provides equipment and specialty chemicals that enable coal-fueled power plants to meet emissions regulations by enhancing existing air pollution control equipment. ADA’s wholly owned subsidiaries include Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc., ADA Intellectual Property, LLC and ADA Environmental Solutions, LLC. ADA holds a 42.5% controlling interest in Clean Coal Solutions, LLC. It operates in three segments: Refined coal (RC), Emission control (EC) and CO2 capture (CC). ADA is a supplier of mercury control equipment and services to the EC markets. It also offers dry sorbent injection systems (DSI) to control SO2 and acid gases. Products, such as the Company’s CyCleanTM and M-45TM technologies, its pre-combustion coal treatment processes that provide electric power generators mercury emission control. In September 2012, it acquired the assets of Bulk Conveyor Specialist Inc. and Bulk Conveyor Services, Inc.

About Abtech Holdings

Abtech Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, AbTech Industries, Inc. (AbTech Industries), provides solutions to water contamination issues that are caused by stormwater runoff, industrial processes, water produced in the extractive industries, such as oil and gas drilling, and spills of oil-based fluids in marine environments. The Company operates through the filtration and treatment of polluted water segment. It provides services for the design and selection of water treatment systems, products sales of filtration and treatment systems, installation of the treatment technologies and maintenance of the installed systems. These activities are provided through subcontractors and on some projects the Company may act as a subcontractor to other entities. AbTech Industries has developed a range of products that leverage its cornerstone filtration media technology called Smart Sponge. The technology can be used as a filtration media to remove hydrocarbons and other pollutants from water.

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