OM Group (NYSE: OMG) and Bioamber (NYSE:BIOA) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares OM Group and Bioamber’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
OM Group N/A N/A N/A ($6.13) N/A
Bioamber $8.27 million 2.53 -$22.47 million ($0.70) -0.57

OM Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Bioamber. Bioamber is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than OM Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for OM Group and Bioamber, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
OM Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Bioamber 0 1 1 0 2.50

Bioamber has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 1,520.95%.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

30.0% of Bioamber shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.3% of Bioamber shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares OM Group and Bioamber’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OM Group 3.68% 4.22% 2.58%
Bioamber -238.43% -48.72% -22.92%


Bioamber beats OM Group on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

OM Group Company Profile

OM Group, Inc. is a United States-based industrial company. The Company is engaged in serving global markets, including automotive systems, electronic devices, aerospace and defense, industrial and medical. It operates in three business segments: Magnetic Technologies, Battery Technologies and Specialty Chemicals. Its Magnetic Technologies segment develops, manufactures and distributes industrial-use magnetic materials and related products to an array of end markets, including automotive systems, electrical installation technology, industrial, retail and renewable energy. The Company’s Battery Technologies segment provides batteries, battery management systems, and energetic devices for defense, space and medical markets. The Company’s Specialty Chemicals segment develops, produces and supplies chemicals for electronic applications, industrial applications including coatings, composites and tire, and photomasks used by customers to produce semiconductors and related products.

Bioamber Company Profile

BioAmber Inc. (BioAmber), formerly DNP Green Technology, Inc., is an industrial biotechnology company, which produces sustainable chemicals. The Company’s technology platform combines industrial biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into sustainable chemicals that are replacements for petroleum-derived chemicals, which are used in a range of everyday products, including plastics, food additives and personal care products. Its geographical segments include Europe and North America. Its product pipeline includes the derivatives of bio-succinic acid, such as 1,4 Butanediol (1,4 BDO) and tetrahydrofuran (THF), and succinic acid-based polyesters, and C6 building block chemicals, such as adipic acid, caprolactam and hexamethylenediamine (HMDA). Its products are used in various applications, including polyurethanes, resins and coatings, de-icing and coolant solutions, fine chemicals, lubricants, carpets, engineering plastics and artificial leather products.

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