Critical Contrast: PURE Bioscience (PURE) and Ashland Global Holdings (ASH)
PURE Bioscience (OTCMKTS: PURE) and Ashland Global Holdings (NYSE:ASH) are both medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares PURE Bioscience and Ashland Global Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|PURE Bioscience||$1.84 million||34.42||-$5.72 million||($0.08)||-12.63|
|Ashland Global Holdings||$5.06 billion||0.79||$719.00 million||($3.54)||-18.08|
Ashland Global Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than PURE Bioscience. Ashland Global Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PURE Bioscience, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares PURE Bioscience and Ashland Global Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Ashland Global Holdings||-4.71%||10.62%||3.70%|
Ashland Global Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.90 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. PURE Bioscience does not pay a dividend. Ashland Global Holdings pays out -25.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ashland Global Holdings has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.
Volatility and Risk
PURE Bioscience has a beta of -1.61, indicating that its stock price is 261% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ashland Global Holdings has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
0.3% of PURE Bioscience shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.5% of Ashland Global Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 16.4% of PURE Bioscience shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Ashland Global Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for PURE Bioscience and Ashland Global Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Ashland Global Holdings||0||2||2||0||2.50|
Ashland Global Holdings has a consensus target price of $82.75, indicating a potential upside of 29.26%. Given Ashland Global Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ashland Global Holdings is more favorable than PURE Bioscience.
Ashland Global Holdings beats PURE Bioscience on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
About PURE Bioscience
PURE Bioscience, Inc. is focused on developing and commercializing antimicrobial products that provide solutions to the health and environmental challenges of pathogen and hygienic control. The Company’s technology platform is based on stabilized ionic silver and its products contain silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC). It offers PURE Hard Surface as a food contact surface sanitizer and disinfectant to restaurant chains and food processors. It is testing and continuing development of PURE Control to utilize PURE Control as a direct food contact processing aid for raw meats, including beef and pork. In addition to PURE Hard Surface and PURE Control, it manufactures and sells SDC-based products for end use; products preserved with SDC, and SDC as a raw material ingredient for manufacturing use. These products include PURE Multi-Purpose and Floor Cleaner Concentrate, PURE Multi-Purpose Hi-Foam Cleaner Concentrate, Axen 30, Axenohl and SILVERION.
About Ashland Global Holdings
Ashland Inc. is engaged in specialty chemicals, and through Valvoline, is a consumer-branded lubricant supplier. The Company operates in three segments: Ashland Specialty Ingredients (Specialty Ingredients), Ashland Performance Materials (Performance Materials) and Valvoline. Its Specialty Ingredients segment is engaged in providing cellulose ethers, vinyl pyrrolidones and biofunctionals, and consists of two divisions: Consumer Specialties and Industrial Specialties. Its Performance Materials segment is engaged in providing unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins, and consists of two divisions: Composites and Intermediates/Solvents. Its Valvoline segment is engaged in producing and distributing automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, and automotive chemicals. Its chemistry is used in various markets and applications, including architectural coatings, adhesives, automotive, construction, energy and pharmaceutical.
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