Trecora Resources (NYSE: TREC) and Airgas (NYSE:ARG) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Trecora Resources and Airgas, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trecora Resources 0 0 3 0 3.00
Airgas 0 0 0 0 N/A

Trecora Resources currently has a consensus price target of $15.67, indicating a potential upside of 27.37%. Given Trecora Resources’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Trecora Resources is more favorable than Airgas.

Profitability

This table compares Trecora Resources and Airgas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trecora Resources 0.97% 3.95% 2.25%
Airgas 5.98% 15.44% 5.04%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Trecora Resources and Airgas’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trecora Resources $215.74 million 1.38 $26.72 million $0.09 136.68
Airgas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Trecora Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Airgas.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

35.8% of Trecora Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 6.6% of Trecora Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Trecora Resources beats Airgas on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Trecora Resources Company Profile

Trecora Resources is engaged in manufacturing of specialty petrochemical products and synthetic waxes, and providing custom processing services. The Company operates through two segments: manufacturing of various specialty petrochemical products and manufacturing of specialty synthetic waxes. The specialty petrochemical products segment operates through South Hampton Resources, Inc. (SHR). The specialty synthetic wax segment operates through Trecora Chemical, Inc. (TC). SHR owns and operates a specialty petrochemical facility that produces hydrocarbons and other petroleum-based products, including isopentane, normal pentane, isohexane and hexane. TC produces specialty polyethylene and poly alpha olefin waxes, and provides custom processing services. TC provides custom manufacturing, distillation, blending, forming, and packaging of finished and intermediate products, and wax products for coatings, hot melt adhesives and lubricants.

Airgas Company Profile

Airgas, Inc. is a supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hard goods, such as welding equipment and related products. The Company is also a producer of atmospheric gases, carbon dioxide, dry ice and nitrous oxide and a supplier of safety products, refrigerants, ammonia products and process chemicals. It operates through two segments: Distribution and All Other Operations. The Distribution segment offers a portfolio of related gas and hard goods products and services to the end customers. The All Other Operations segment consists of five business units which manufacture or distribute carbon dioxide, dry ice, nitrous oxide, ammonia and refrigerant gases. It also offers supply chain management services and solutions, and product and process technical support across many customer segments. It markets its products and services through multiple sales channels, including branch-based sales representatives, retail stores and strategic customer account programs, among others.

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