UFP Technologies (NASDAQ: UFPT) and A. Schulman (NASDAQ:SHLM) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

UFP Technologies has a beta of 0.2, indicating that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, A. Schulman has a beta of 1.45, indicating that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for UFP Technologies and A. Schulman, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UFP Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
A. Schulman 0 2 2 0 2.50

A. Schulman has a consensus price target of $35.00, indicating a potential upside of 13.09%. Given A. Schulman’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe A. Schulman is more favorable than UFP Technologies.

Dividends

A. Schulman pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. UFP Technologies does not pay a dividend. A. Schulman pays out -6.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.2% of UFP Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.2% of A. Schulman shares are held by institutional investors. 13.3% of UFP Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.1% of A. Schulman shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares UFP Technologies and A. Schulman’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UFP Technologies $148.67 million 1.30 $17.67 million $1.23 21.54
A. Schulman $2.42 billion 0.38 $207.01 million ($12.50) -2.48

A. Schulman has higher revenue and earnings than UFP Technologies. A. Schulman is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than UFP Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares UFP Technologies and A. Schulman’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UFP Technologies 6.03% 6.86% 6.04%
A. Schulman -14.86% 35.64% 3.29%

Summary

A. Schulman beats UFP Technologies on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About A. Schulman

A. Schulman, Inc. is an international supplier of plastic formulations, resins and services, and provides solutions to its customers’ requirements through custom-formulated products. The Company’s customers span a range of markets, such as packaging, mobility, building and construction, electronics and electrical, agriculture, personal care and hygiene, custom services, and sports, home and leisure. The Company’s segments include Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the United States and Canada (USCAN), Latin America (LATAM), Asia Pacific (APAC) and Engineered Composites (EC). As of August 31, 2016, the Company operated in six product families, including custom performance colors (CPC), engineered composites, Masterbatch solutions, engineered plastics, specialty powders and distribution services. The CPC product family offers powdered, pelletized and liquid color concentrates that are custom-designed for thermoplastic resins.

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