Platform Specialty Products Corporation (NYSE: PAH) and Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Platform Specialty Products Corporation and Valvoline’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Platform Specialty Products Corporation $3.64 billion 0.84 $732.30 million ($0.44) -24.32
Valvoline $2.03 billion 2.40 $520.00 million $1.29 18.62

Platform Specialty Products Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Valvoline. Platform Specialty Products Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Valvoline, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Platform Specialty Products Corporation has a beta of 3.28, meaning that its share price is 228% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Valvoline has a beta of 1.62, meaning that its share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Platform Specialty Products Corporation and Valvoline, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Platform Specialty Products Corporation 0 3 6 0 2.67
Valvoline 0 3 3 0 2.50

Platform Specialty Products Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $13.11, indicating a potential upside of 22.53%. Valvoline has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.08%. Given Platform Specialty Products Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Platform Specialty Products Corporation is more favorable than Valvoline.

Profitability

This table compares Platform Specialty Products Corporation and Valvoline’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Platform Specialty Products Corporation -0.26% 7.15% 2.05%
Valvoline 13.00% -106.06% 14.55%

Dividends

Valvoline pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Platform Specialty Products Corporation does not pay a dividend. Valvoline pays out 15.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.1% of Platform Specialty Products Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.4% of Valvoline shares are held by institutional investors. 6.0% of Platform Specialty Products Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Valvoline shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Platform Specialty Products Corporation beats Valvoline on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Platform Specialty Products Corporation

Platform Specialty Products Corporation produces and sells specialty chemical products in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, and Europe. It operates through two segments, Performance Solutions and Agricultural Solutions. The Performance Solutions segment offers plating products that are used to plate holes; electroless nickel products, which are applied to various metal and plastic surfaces; electronic assembly materials for use in the electronic market and residential boiler systems; final finishes that are used on printed circuit boards; circuit formation products for surface preparation; oxides, which are used in the fabrication of multilayer circuit boards; semiconductor materials and packaging products; and pre-treatment and cleaning solutions. This segment also provides functional conversion coatings that are applied to metals to enhance corrosion resistance and paint adhesion; hard-coated films, which are used for the membrane switch in the touch screen markets; production and drilling fluids used in subsea control systems; solid sheet printing elements for use in flexographic printing and platemaking processes; liquid products to produce printing plates; and printing equipment. The Agricultural Solutions segment offers fungicides and biofungicides to prevent the spread of fungi and other diseases in crops; herbicides to control unwanted plants; insecticides, bioinsecticides, and acaricides; biostimulants and nutrition products; and seed treatment products, which are applied to seed before planting, as well as animal health products, such as honey bee protective miticides and veterinary vaccines. The company was formerly known as Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited and changed its name to Platform Specialty Products Corporation in October 2013. Platform Specialty Products Corporation was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.

About Valvoline

Valvoline Inc. (Valvoline) is engaged in the production and distribution of automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, and automotive chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Core North America, Quick Lubes and International. The Core North America segment sells Valvoline, and other branded and private label products in the United States and Canada to both consumers performing their own automotive maintenance, referred to as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) consumers, as well as, to installer customers using Valvoline products to service vehicles owned by Do-It-For-Me (DIFM) consumers. Its Quick Lubes segment services the passenger car and light truck quick lube market through platforms, including its franchised Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) stores and Express Care. Its International segment sells Valvoline and other branded products through its affiliates, joint ventures, licensees and independent distributors. Its products include All Climate, DuraBlend and MaxLife.

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