Fuel Tech (NASDAQ: FTEK) and LiqTech International (NYSE:LIQT) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Fuel Tech and LiqTech International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fuel Tech $45.83 million 0.45 -$8.31 million ($0.92) -0.95
LiqTech International $13.24 million 1.14 -$4.56 million N/A N/A

LiqTech International has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Fuel Tech.

Profitability

This table compares Fuel Tech and LiqTech International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fuel Tech -50.07% -20.85% -16.32%
LiqTech International -28.07% -57.07% -30.07%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Fuel Tech and LiqTech International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fuel Tech 0 0 0 0 N/A
LiqTech International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.2% of Fuel Tech shares are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Fuel Tech shares are held by company 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.

Summary

Fuel Tech beats LiqTech International on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fuel Tech

Fuel Tech, Inc. is a technology company. The Company is engaged in the development, commercialization and application of technologies for air pollution control, process optimization, combustion efficiency and engineering services. It operates through three segments: Air Pollution Control technology, FUEL CHEM technology and Fuel Conversion. The Air Pollution Control technology segment includes technologies to manage nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions in flue gas from boilers, incinerators, furnaces and other stationary combustion sources. The FUEL CHEM technology segment uses chemical processes in combination with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and chemical kinetics modeling (CKM) boiler modeling, for the control of slagging, fouling, corrosion, opacity and other sulfur trioxide-related issues in furnaces and boilers through the addition of chemicals into the furnace. The Fuel Conversion segment represents the CARBONITE fuel conversion process and technology.

About LiqTech International

LiqTech International, Inc. is a clean technology company that provides technologies for gas and liquid purification by manufacturing ceramic silicon carbide filters. The Company develops and manufactures products of re-crystallized silicon carbide. It specializes in two business areas, which include ceramic membranes for liquid filtration, and diesel particulate filters (DPFs) for the control of soot exhaust particles from diesel engines. Under the LiqTech, Cometas and Provital brand names, it manufactures and sells ceramic silicon carbide membranes and systems for liquid filtration using silicon carbide technology that focus on hydrocarbon production-derived contaminated water and pre-filtration for reverse osmosis. It offers DPFs for exhaust emission control solutions to the retrofit and the original equipment manufacturer markets. It also offers Kiln furniture, which refers to various items used in a kiln to support ceramics that maximizes the number of items for each firing.

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