Braskem (NYSE: BAK) and UFP Technologies (NASDAQ:UFPT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Braskem and UFP Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Braskem 3.30% 34.06% 2.67%
UFP Technologies 6.03% 6.86% 6.04%

Dividends

Braskem pays an annual dividend of $0.77 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. UFP Technologies does not pay a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.7% of Braskem shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.2% of UFP Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Braskem shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of UFP Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Braskem has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, UFP Technologies has a beta of 0.18, meaning that its share price is 82% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Braskem and UFP Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Braskem $15.27 billion 0.63 $3.73 billion N/A N/A
UFP Technologies $148.67 million 1.30 $17.67 million $1.23 21.63

Braskem has higher revenue and earnings than UFP Technologies.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Braskem and UFP Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Braskem 0 0 3 0 3.00
UFP Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Braskem presently has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential downside of 17.12%. Given Braskem’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Braskem is more favorable than UFP Technologies.

Summary

Braskem beats UFP Technologies on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Braskem

Braskem S.A. produces thermoplastic resins. The Company’s segments are Basic petrochemicals, Polyolefins, Vinyls, the United States and Europe, and Chemical distribution. It is also engaged in the import and export of chemicals, petrochemicals and fuels, the production, supply and sale of utilities such as steam, water, compressed air, industrial gases, the provision of industrial services, and the production, supply and sale of electric energy. It also invests in other companies, either as a partner or as shareholder. It operates over 40 industrial units, over 30 of which are located in the Brazilian states of Alagoas, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and Sao Paulo; over five are located in the United States, in the states of Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia, and over two are located in Germany, in the cities of Wesseling and Schkopau. These units produce thermoplastic resins–polyethylene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride, as well as basic petrochemicals.

About UFP Technologies

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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