LyondellBasell (LYB) vs. Aemetis (AMTX) Financial Survey

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) and Aemetis (NASDAQ:AMTX) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for LyondellBasell and Aemetis, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LyondellBasell 1 8 7 0 2.38
Aemetis 0 2 1 0 2.33

LyondellBasell presently has a consensus target price of $107.38, indicating a potential downside of 0.28%. Aemetis has a consensus target price of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 17.32%. Given Aemetis’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Aemetis is more favorable than LyondellBasell.


LyondellBasell pays an annual dividend of $4.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Aemetis does not pay a dividend. LyondellBasell pays out 39.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. LyondellBasell has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LyondellBasell $34.48 billion 1.23 $4.88 billion $10.23 10.53
Aemetis $150.15 million 0.23 -$30.30 million ($0.89) -1.92

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

Volatility & Risk

LyondellBasell has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aemetis has a beta of -0.67, suggesting that its stock price is 167% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.1% of LyondellBasell shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.9% of Aemetis shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of LyondellBasell shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.2% of Aemetis shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LyondellBasell 14.15% 55.09% 16.43%
Aemetis -20.19% N/A -36.85%


LyondellBasell beats Aemetis on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

LyondellBasell Company Profile

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. is a chemical company. The Company operates in five segments: Olefins and Polyolefins-Americas (O&P-Americas), Olefins and Polyolefins-Europe, Asia, International (O&P-EAI), Intermediates and Derivatives (I&D), Refining and Technology. The O&P-Americas segment produces and markets olefins and co-products, polyethylene and polypropylene. The O&P-EAI segment produces and markets olefins and co-products, polyethylene and polypropylene. The I&D segment produces and markets propylene oxide (PO) and its derivatives, oxyfuels and related products, and intermediate chemicals, such as styrene monomer (SM), acetyls and ethylene oxides. The primary product of the Refining segment is refined products made from sulfur crude oil and other crude oils of various types and sources available on the United States Gulf Coast. The Technology segment develops and licenses chemical and polyolefin process technologies and manufactures and sells polyolefin catalysts.

Aemetis Company Profile

Aemetis, Inc. operates as an international renewable fuels and bio-chemicals company in North America and India. It focuses on the production of advanced fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development, and commercialization of technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by conversion of first-generation ethanol and biodiesel plants into advanced bio refineries. The company owns and operates a biodiesel plant in Kakinada, India; and an ethanol plant in Keyes, California. Aemetis, Inc. sells biodiesel and glycerin to resellers, distributors, and refiners through its sales force and independent sales agents, as well as to brokers who resell the product to end-users. It also produces ethanol; and wet distillers grains, distillers corn oil, and condensed distillers solubles to dairies and feedlots as animal feed. The company was formerly known as AE Biofuels, Inc. and changed its name to Aemetis, Inc. in November 2011. Aemetis, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

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