HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR (OTCMKTS:HCHMY) and INTERSERVE PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:ISVJY) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR and INTERSERVE PLC/ADR, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score

Volatility and Risk

HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR has a beta of 2.12, indicating that its stock price is 112% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, INTERSERVE PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR and INTERSERVE PLC/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR 4.84% 8.19% 4.83%


HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.94 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. INTERSERVE PLC/ADR does not pay a dividend. HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR pays out 29.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR and INTERSERVE PLC/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR $6.04 billion 0.52 $326.91 million $3.15 9.63
INTERSERVE PLC/ADR $4.19 billion 0.01 -$330.44 million N/A N/A

HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than INTERSERVE PLC/ADR.


HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR beats INTERSERVE PLC/ADR on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.


Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells functional materials, and advanced components and systems in Japan and internationally. The company offers semiconductor related materials, including chemical mechanical planarization slurry, high heat resistant fine polyimides, photosensitive insulation coatings, die bonding pastes and films, epoxy molding compounds, liquid encapsulants, cleaning sheets, high heat resistant coating materials, map molding support tapes, release sheets, and dicing films; and display and touch panel related materials, such as anisotropic conductive films, transparent conductive transfer films, and adhesive films for displays. It also provides photovoltaic related materials comprising conductive films; advanced films, RFID tags, foam products, and food wrap films; lithium-ion batteries materials, carbon brushes, and ceramics; electrical insulating materials and resins; base and process materials for printed wiring boards (PWBs); and white epoxy molding compounds for LED reflectors. In addition, the company offers automotive products consisting of molded plastics, poly-sheets, carbon sliding materials, SPD films, protective films, automotive batteries, and powder metal products; and industrial batteries and capacitors, as well as electrical equipment, including DC power supply units and systems, and uninterruptible power supply products. Further, it provides PWBs, such as high layer PWBs, high density multi wiring boards, and PWBs for IC testers; and diagnostics and instruments, such as allergy diagnostic kits, tear total IgE detection kits, and in-vitro diagnostic kits, as well as golf carts. The company was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd. is a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.


Interserve Plc provides advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management, and citizen services in the United Kingdom and internationally. Its Support Services segment offers support services to public- and private-sector clients. The company's Construction segment designs, constructs, and maintains buildings and infrastructure. Its Equipment Services segment designs, hires, and sells formwork, falsework, and related access equipment. The company also engages in the property management, development, rental, and leasing activities; management of five community rehabilitation companies; pension trustee activities; fitting out and refurbishment of offices and other buildings; equipment hire and sales activities; rental of plant and machinery; and provision of transport and maintenance services to the oil and gas industry. In addition, it offers healthcare, vocational training, welfare-to-work, employment, probation and rehabilitation, contract and window cleaning, catering, defense sector and industrial support, asbestos, supply, security manpower and support, manned guarding security, mechanical and electrical engineering, army training estate, personnel and management, fire suppression and detection system, insurance, education, and building maintenance services. Further, the company provides oil-field maintenance, fabrication, and construction services; support services for integration of disabled people into cleaning contracts and the transport sector; operational and financial services to PFI/PPP projects; management/maintenance services for slough borough council; management/maintenance services for MoD; and solutions for building/infrastructure projects. Additionally, it offers mechanical, electrical, and engineering services; and acts as a trustee. The company was formerly known as Tilbury Douglas Plc and changed its name to Interserve Plc in February 2001. Interserve Plc was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Twyford, the United Kingdom.

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