Alto Ingredients (NASDAQ:ALTO) and Aemetis (NASDAQ:AMTX) Head-To-Head Review

Alto Ingredients (NASDAQ:ALTO) and Aemetis (NASDAQ:AMTX) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Alto Ingredients and Aemetis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alto Ingredients 0.91% 10.65% 6.23%
Aemetis -31.53% N/A -42.37%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Alto Ingredients and Aemetis’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alto Ingredients $897.02 million 0.39 -$15.12 million $0.08 60.25
Aemetis $165.56 million 2.82 -$36.66 million ($1.74) -8.45

Alto Ingredients has higher revenue and earnings than Aemetis. Aemetis is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Alto Ingredients, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.4% of Alto Ingredients shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.5% of Aemetis shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of Alto Ingredients shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of Aemetis 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.

Risk & Volatility

Alto Ingredients has a beta of 2.99, suggesting that its share price is 199% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aemetis has a beta of -0.16, suggesting that its share price is 116% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Alto Ingredients and Aemetis, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alto Ingredients 0 0 3 0 3.00
Aemetis 0 0 8 0 3.00

Alto Ingredients currently has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 107.47%. Aemetis has a consensus target price of $31.17, suggesting a potential upside of 111.87%. Given Aemetis’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aemetis is more favorable than Alto Ingredients.

Summary

Alto Ingredients beats Aemetis on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alto Ingredients Company Profile

Alto Ingredients, Inc. engages in the production and marketing of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients. It operates through the following segments: Marketing and Distribution, Pekin Campus Production, and Other Production. The Marketing and Distribution segment includes marketing and merchant trading for company-produced alcohols and essential ingredients, on an aggregated basis, and third-party fuel-grade ethanol. The Pekin Campus Production segment deals with the production and sale of alcohols and essential ingredients produced at the company’s Pekin, Illinois campus. The Other Production segment covers the production and sale of fuel-grade ethanol and essential ingredients produced at all of the company’s other production facilities on an aggregated basis. The company was founded by William L. Jones and Neil M. Koehler on January 30, 2003 and is headquartered in Pekin, IL.

Aemetis Company Profile

Aemetis, Inc. is a renewable fuels and biochemical company, which engages in the acquisition, development, and commercialization of technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products. It operates through the North America and India geographical segments. The North America segment manages Keyes Plant in California, the cellulosic ethanol facility in Riverbank, the cluster of biogas digesters on dairies near Keyes, California, the Goodland Plant, Kansas and the research and development facility in Minnesota. The India segment refers to the Kakinada plant, administrative offices in Hyderabad, and holding companies in Nevada and Mauritius. Its products include glycerin, ethanol, food and feed, biodiesel, and edible oils. The company was founded by Eric Armstrong McAfee in 2006 and is headquartered in Cupertino, CA.

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