Element Solutions (NYSE:ESI) & Flexible Solutions International (NYSE:FSI) Head-To-Head Comparison

Element Solutions (NYSE:ESI) and Flexible Solutions International (NYSE:FSI) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Element Solutions and Flexible Solutions International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Element Solutions $1.84 billion 1.61 $92.20 million $0.88 13.61
Flexible Solutions International $27.44 million 1.23 $1.91 million $0.16 17.19

Element Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than Flexible Solutions International. Element Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Flexible Solutions International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Element Solutions and Flexible Solutions International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Element Solutions 6.78% 10.02% 5.03%
Flexible Solutions International 11.74% 15.50% 9.91%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

6.7% of Flexible Solutions International shares are held by institutional investors. 13.2% of Element Solutions shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 37.3% of Flexible Solutions International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Element Solutions has a beta of 1.78, suggesting that its stock price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Flexible Solutions International has a beta of 1.78, suggesting that its stock price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Element Solutions and Flexible Solutions International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Element Solutions 0 2 4 0 2.67
Flexible Solutions International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Element Solutions presently has a consensus target price of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.86%. Given Element Solutions’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Element Solutions is more favorable than Flexible Solutions International.

Summary

Element Solutions beats Flexible Solutions International on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Element Solutions Company Profile

Element Solutions Inc produces and sells specialty chemical products the United States, China, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Electronics and Industrial & Specialty. The Electronics segment researches, formulates, and delivers specialty chemicals and materials for various types of electronics hardware products. This segment offers electronic assembly materials; circuitry solutions comprising circuit board metallization products, circuit formation products, and electronic materials; and semiconductor solutions. This segment primarily serves mobile communications, computers, automobiles, and aerospace equipment industries. The Industrial & Specialty segment provides industrial solutions, which include chemical systems that protect and decorate metal and plastic surfaces; graphics solutions that comprise consumable chemicals that enable printing image transfer on flexible packaging materials; and energy solutions, which consist of chemistries used in water-based hydraulic control fluids for offshore deep-water drilling. This segment's products include electroless nickel products, plating products, pre-treatment and cleaning solutions, functional conversion coatings, hard-coated films, and water treatment products; solid sheet printing elements and liquid imaging products; and offshore fluids. This segment serves the aerospace, automotive, construction, consumer electronics, consumer packaged goods, and oil and gas production end markets. The company was formerly known as Platform Specialty Products Corporation and changed its name to Element Solutions Inc in January 2019. Element Solutions Inc was founded in 1922 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Flexible Solutions International Company Profile

Flexible Solutions International Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals that slow the evaporation of water in Canada, the United States, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Energy and Water Conservation Products, and Biodegradable Polymers. The company offers thermal polyaspartates (TPAs) for oilfields to reduce scale and corrosion in various water systems; and for the agricultural industry to reduce fertilizer crystallization before, during, and after application, as well as to prevent crystal formation between fertilizer and minerals present in the soil. It also provides TPAs for irrigation to prevent early plugging of drip irrigation ports, reduce maintenance costs, and lengthen the life of equipment; and TPAs as additives for household laundry detergents, consumer care products, and pesticides. In addition, the company offers nitrogen conservation products for agriculture that slow down nitrogen loss from fields. Further, it provides HEATSAVR, a chemical product for use in swimming pools and spas that forms a thin and transparent layer on the water's surface; and WATERSAVR to reduce water evaporation in reservoirs, potable water storage tanks, livestock watering ponds, aqueducts, canals, and irrigation ditches, as well as for lawn and turf care, and potted and bedding plants. The company is headquartered in Taber, Canada.

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