AdvanSix (NASDAQ: ASIX) and OCI Partners (NYSE:OCIP) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for AdvanSix and OCI Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AdvanSix 0 0 1 0 3.00
OCI Partners 1 0 0 0 1.00

AdvanSix presently has a consensus price target of $46.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.58%. OCI Partners has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential downside of 10.83%. Given AdvanSix’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe AdvanSix is more favorable than OCI Partners.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AdvanSix and OCI Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AdvanSix $1.32 billion 1.00 $135.96 million N/A N/A
OCI Partners $298.87 million 2.29 $93.85 million ($0.19) -41.32

AdvanSix has higher revenue and earnings than OCI Partners.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

15.0% of OCI Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

OCI Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.1%. AdvanSix does not pay a dividend. OCI Partners pays out -252.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares AdvanSix and OCI Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AdvanSix 7.13% 40.03% 11.07%
OCI Partners -5.60% -10.52% -2.53%

Summary

AdvanSix beats OCI Partners on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AdvanSix

AdvanSix Inc. is an integrated manufacturer of Nylon 6. The Company also sells a variety of other products, all of which are produced as part of the Nylon 6 resin manufacturing process primarily, including caprolactam, ammonium sulfate fertilizers and other chemical intermediates. The Company operates primarily through its integrated manufacturing sites located in Frankford, Pennsylvania, Hopewell, Virginia, and Chesterfield, Virginia. The Company offers ammonium sulfate, which is used by customers as a nitrogen-based fertilizer. It produces ammonium sulfate fertilizer as part of its manufacturing process. The Company manufactures ammonium sulfate fertilizers including Sulf-N and Sulf-N 26. The Company provides AdvanSix Aegis nylon resins and Aegis barrier nylon resins. Its nylon resins are a preferred choice in food, liquid, and consumer packaging along with mono/multifilament products, carpet fibers, automotive compounding and more. It offers Capran biaxially oriented nylon films.

About OCI Partners

OCI Partners LP owns and operates an integrated methanol and ammonia production facility that is located on the Texas Gulf Coast near Beaumont. The Company has an annual methanol production capacity of approximately 912,500 metric tons and an annual ammonia production capacity of approximately 331,000 metric tons. It purchases natural gas from third parties and processes the natural gas into synthesis gas, which it then further processes in the production of methanol and ammonia. It stores and sells the processed methanol and ammonia to industrial and commercial customers for further processing or distribution. Its methanol production unit comprises Foster-Wheeler-designed twin steam methane reformers for synthesis gas production, over two Lurgi-designed parallel low-pressure, water-cooled reactors and approximately four distillation columns. The Haldor-Topsoe-designed ammonia synthesis loop at its facility processes hydrogen produced by methanol production process.

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