Financial Contrast: GlyEco (GLYE) and Platform Specialty Products (PAH)

Platform Specialty Products (NYSE:PAH) and GlyEco (OTCMKTS:GLYE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Platform Specialty Products and GlyEco, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Platform Specialty Products 0 4 1 0 2.20
GlyEco 0 0 0 0 N/A

Platform Specialty Products currently has a consensus price target of $12.75, suggesting a potential upside of 14.35%. Given Platform Specialty Products’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Platform Specialty Products is more favorable than GlyEco.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.3% of Platform Specialty Products shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.0% of GlyEco shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.4% of Platform Specialty Products shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.1% of GlyEco shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Platform Specialty Products has a beta of 3, indicating that its share price is 200% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GlyEco has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Platform Specialty Products and GlyEco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Platform Specialty Products -14.14% 8.48% 2.23%
GlyEco -41.63% -163.17% -42.33%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Platform Specialty Products and GlyEco’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Platform Specialty Products $3.78 billion 0.85 -$296.20 million $0.76 14.67
GlyEco $12.07 million 0.29 -$5.18 million N/A N/A

GlyEco has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Platform Specialty Products.


Platform Specialty Products beats GlyEco on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About GlyEco

GlyEco, Inc., a specialty chemical company, develops, manufactures, and distributes performance fluids for the automotive, commercial, and industrial markets in North America. The company operates through two segments, Consumer and Industrial. Its Consumer segment provides antifreeze/coolant products; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning fluids; and waste glycol disposal services. The company's Industrial segment develops, manufactures, and markets additive packages for the antifreeze/coolant, gas patch coolant, and heat transfer industries; and METALGUARD additive package product line comprising one-step inhibitor systems to make various types of antifreeze concentrates and 50/50 coolants for automobiles, heavy-duty diesel engines, stationary engines in gas patch, and other applications, as well as METALGUARD heat transfer fluids that include propylene and ethylene glycol based light and heavy-duty fluids for various operating temperatures. It also operates a glycol re-distillation plant in West Virginia, which processes waste glycol into virgin quality recycled glycol for sale to industrial customers. GlyEco, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is based in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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