Ener-Core (ENCR) vs. Platform Specialty Products (PAH) Head to Head Review

Ener-Core (OTCMKTS:ENCR) and Platform Specialty Products (NYSE:PAH) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.5% of Platform Specialty Products shares are held by institutional investors. 3.8% of Ener-Core shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of Platform Specialty Products shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Ener-Core has a beta of -0.93, suggesting that its stock price is 193% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Platform Specialty Products has a beta of 3.01, suggesting that its stock price is 201% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ener-Core and Platform Specialty Products’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ener-Core N/A N/A -$11.16 million N/A N/A
Platform Specialty Products $3.78 billion 0.87 -$296.20 million $0.76 14.93

Ener-Core has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Platform Specialty Products.

Profitability

This table compares Ener-Core and Platform Specialty Products’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ener-Core N/A N/A -175.70%
Platform Specialty Products -14.14% 8.48% 2.23%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Ener-Core and Platform Specialty Products, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ener-Core 0 0 0 0 N/A
Platform Specialty Products 0 3 1 0 2.25

Platform Specialty Products has a consensus target price of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.54%. Given Platform Specialty Products’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Platform Specialty Products is more favorable than Ener-Core.

Summary

Platform Specialty Products beats Ener-Core on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ener-Core

Ener-Core, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, license, and market its products that are based on Power Oxidizer technologies. The company's Power Oxidizer technology generates industrial levels of usable heat in a pressure vessel using various organic gases as fuel for an oxidation reaction. Its products include Ener-Core PowerStation EC250 and Ener-Core Powerstation KG2-3GEF/PO, which have applications in landfills, distilleries, and various industrial processes. The company sells its products directly, as well as through distributors in the United States and the Netherlands. Ener-Core, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California.

About Platform Specialty Products

Platform Specialty Products Corporation produces and sells specialty chemical products worldwide. It operates through two segments, Performance Solutions and Agricultural Solutions. The Performance Solutions segment offers a range of specialty chemicals, such as surface and coating materials, functional conversion coatings, electronic assembly materials, water-based hydraulic control fluids, and photopolymers. The Agricultural Solutions segment engages in the development, formulation, registration, marketing, and distribution of crop protection solutions, including BioSolutions products and seed treatments for various crops and applications. This segment also offers crop protection chemicals that control biotic stresses, such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides. It serves agricultural, animal health, electronics, graphics, plating, offshore oil and gas production, and drilling industries. The company was formerly known as Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited and changed its name to Platform Specialty Products Corporation in October 2013. Platform Specialty Products Corporation was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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