Critical Review: Amyris (AMRS) versus Tantech (TANH)

Amyris (NASDAQ:AMRS) and Tantech (NASDAQ:TANH) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Amyris and Tantech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amyris -114.09% N/A -127.95%
Tantech N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Amyris and Tantech, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amyris 0 0 2 0 3.00
Tantech 0 0 0 0 N/A

Amyris currently has a consensus target price of $9.50, indicating a potential upside of 148.04%. Given Amyris’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Amyris is more favorable than Tantech.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

32.2% of Amyris shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.5% of Tantech shares are held by institutional investors. 21.8% of Amyris shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Amyris and Tantech’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amyris $143.45 million 2.04 -$72.32 million ($3.05) -1.26
Tantech $43.08 million 1.21 $3.76 million N/A N/A

Tantech has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Amyris.

Risk and Volatility

Amyris has a beta of 0.38, meaning that its stock price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tantech has a beta of -1.51, meaning that its stock price is 251% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Amyris beats Tantech on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Amyris Company Profile

Amyris, Inc., an integrated renewable products company, engages in the research, development, and production of ingredients for the health and wellness, clean beauty, and flavors and fragrances markets worldwide. It applies its bioscience solutions to convert plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules and produce specialty ingredients and consumer products. The company delivers its products and services under the No Compromise name across various markets, including specialty and performance chemicals, flavors and fragrances, cosmetics ingredients, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. It has a collaboration agreement with Yifan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Givaudan SA. The company was formerly known as Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc. and changed its name to Amyris, Inc. in June 2010. Amyris, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Emeryville, California.

Tantech Company Profile

Tantech Holdings Ltd. develops and manufactures bamboo-based charcoal products in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Consumer Products, Trading, and Electric Vehicle. It produces pressed and formed charcoal briquettes for use in grills, incense burners, and other applications under the Algold brand. The company also offers Charcoal Doctor branded products, such as air purifiers and humidifiers, automotive accessories for air purification, underfloor humidity control products, pillows and mattresses, wardrobe deodorizers, mouse pads and wrist mats, refrigerator deodorants, charcoal toilet cleaner disks, liquid charcoal cleaners, shoe insoles, and decorative charcoal gifts. In addition, it provides bamboo vinegar, a liquid byproduct that is used in disinfectants, detergents, lotions, specialized soaps, toilet cleaners, and fertilizers, as well as in various agricultural applications. Further, the company develops, manufactures, and sells electric buses and specialty electric vehicles, such as electric logistics cars, brushless cleaning cars, electric cleaning cars, special emergency vehicles, and funeral cars; and solar cells, lithium-ion batteries, auto parts, and electric control systems. The company sells its products directly or indirectly through distributors for industrial energy applications; and household cooking, heating, purification, agricultural, and cleaning uses. It also exports its bamboo vinegar, bamboo charcoal and purification products. Tantech Holdings Ltd. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Lishui, the People's Republic of China.

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