Hudson Technologies (NASDAQ:HDSN) and Willis Lease Finance (NASDAQ:WLFC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hudson Technologies and Willis Lease Finance’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hudson Technologies $140.38 million 0.37 $11.15 million $0.47 2.57
Willis Lease Finance $274.84 million 0.88 $62.15 million N/A N/A

Willis Lease Finance has higher revenue and earnings than Hudson Technologies.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.7% of Hudson Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.0% of Willis Lease Finance shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.9% of Hudson Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 51.9% of Willis Lease Finance shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Hudson Technologies and Willis Lease Finance, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hudson Technologies 0 2 1 0 2.33
Willis Lease Finance 0 0 0 0 N/A

Hudson Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 437.19%. Given Hudson Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Hudson Technologies is more favorable than Willis Lease Finance.

Volatility & Risk

Hudson Technologies has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Willis Lease Finance has a beta of 0.38, suggesting that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Hudson Technologies and Willis Lease Finance’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hudson Technologies -23.19% -0.96% -0.46%
Willis Lease Finance 24.28% 9.31% 1.42%

Summary

Willis Lease Finance beats Hudson Technologies on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hudson Technologies

Hudson Technologies Inc. operates as a refrigerant services company in the United States and internationally. It sells reclaimed and virgin refrigerants, and industrial gases; provides refrigerant management services, such as reclamation of refrigerants and laboratory testing, as well as re-usable cylinder refurbishment and hydrostatic testing. The company also offers RefrigerantSide services, including system decontamination to remove moisture, oils, and other contaminants, as well as refrigerant recovery and reclamation services; predictive and diagnostic services that are intended to predict potential problems in air conditioning and refrigeration systems under the Chiller Chemistry, Fluid Chemistry, and Chill Smart names; and SmartEnergy OPS service, a Web-based real time continuous monitoring service for measuring, modifying, and enhancing the efficiency of energy systems comprising air conditioning and refrigeration systems. In addition, it participates in the generation of carbon offset projects. The company serves commercial, industrial, and governmental customers, as well as refrigerant wholesalers, distributors, contractors, and refrigeration equipment manufacturers; and customers in petrochemical, pharmaceutical, industrial power, manufacturing, commercial facility and property management, and maritime industries. Hudson Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Pearl River, New York.

About Willis Lease Finance

Willis Lease Finance Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, leases large and regional spare commercial aircraft engines, auxiliary power units, and aircraft worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Leasing and Related Operations, and Spare Parts Sales. It also purchases and resells commercial aircraft engines; and sells aircraft engine parts and materials. The company offers noise-compliant Stage III commercial jet engines. It serves airlines and aircraft engine manufacturers, as well as maintenance, repair, and overhaul providers. As of December 31, 2017, the company had a total lease portfolio of 225 engines and related equipment, 16 aircraft, and 7 other leased parts and equipment with 80 lessees in 43 countries; and managed a total lease portfolio of 437 engines and related equipment on behalf of other parties, as well as 393 engines. Willis Lease Finance Corporation was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Coconut Creek, Florida.

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