UFP Technologies (NASDAQ: UFPT) and Taminco (NYSE:TAM) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.1% of UFP Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.3% of UFP Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UFP Technologies $146.13 million 1.41 $7.97 million $1.09 26.06
Taminco N/A N/A N/A $0.66 39.39

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for UFP Technologies and Taminco, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UFP Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Taminco 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UFP Technologies 5.43% 6.83% 6.03%
Taminco N/A N/A N/A

Summary

UFP Technologies beats Taminco on 7 of the 8 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 Taminco

Taminco Corp is a producer of alkylamines and alkylamine derivatives. The Company’s products are used by its customers in the manufacturing of everyday products primarily for the agriculture, water treatment, personal and home care, animal nutrition and oil and gas end-markets. It operates in 19 countries with seven production facilities and, as of December 31, 2012, had an installed production capacity of 1,272 thousand tons. The Company has three business segments: Functional Amines, Specialty Amines, and Crop Protection. In March 2014, the Company announced that it completed the acquisition of the formic acid business of Kemira Oyj. Its main shareholder is Eastman Chemical Company.

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