Financial Review: OCI Partners (OCIP) versus Terravia (TVIAQ)

OCI Partners (NYSE: OCIP) and Terravia (OTCMKTS:TVIAQ) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares OCI Partners and Terravia’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
OCI Partners $258.23 million 2.49 -$50.55 million ($0.07) -105.70
Terravia $18.48 million 0.04 -$101.55 million ($1.14) -0.01

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for OCI Partners and Terravia, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
OCI Partners 1 0 0 0 1.00
Terravia 0 1 0 0 2.00

OCI Partners presently has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.41%. Terravia has a consensus price target of $1.50, indicating a potential upside of 24,900.00%. Given Terravia’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Terravia is more favorable than OCI Partners.

Volatility & Risk

OCI Partners has a beta of 1.29, meaning that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Terravia has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

15.0% of OCI Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.3% of Terravia shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.1% of Terravia shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

OCI Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Terravia does not pay a dividend. OCI Partners pays out -457.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares OCI Partners and Terravia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OCI Partners -1.79% -3.70% -0.86%
Terravia -413.48% N/A -61.89%

Summary

OCI Partners beats Terravia on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About OCI Partners

OCI Partners LP owns and operates an integrated methanol and ammonia production facility that is located on the Texas Gulf Coast near Beaumont. The Company has an annual methanol production capacity of approximately 912,500 metric tons and an annual ammonia production capacity of approximately 331,000 metric tons. It purchases natural gas from third parties and processes the natural gas into synthesis gas, which it then further processes in the production of methanol and ammonia. It stores and sells the processed methanol and ammonia to industrial and commercial customers for further processing or distribution. Its methanol production unit comprises Foster-Wheeler-designed twin steam methane reformers for synthesis gas production, over two Lurgi-designed parallel low-pressure, water-cooled reactors and approximately four distillation columns. The Haldor-Topsoe-designed ammonia synthesis loop at its facility processes hydrogen produced by methanol production process.

About Terravia

Solazyme, Inc. creates renewable oils and bioproducts. The Company’s technology uses microalgae in an industrial fermentation process to transform a range of plant-based sugars into triglyceride oils and other bioproducts. The Company offers Algenist, a skin and personal care product available at Sephora S.A. and its affiliates, QVC, Inc., SpaceNK Limited, select Nordstrom stores and ULTA Beauty. It offers intermediates/ingredients, such as Tailored oils, powdered oils, and other closely related products targeted at customers in the industrial products, food products and personal care products markets. The Company’s commercial focus is to sell oils, encapsulated oils and whole algal powdered products to companies that use them as intermediates and ingredients.

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