Wave Sync (WAYS) & Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) Head to Head Analysis

Wave Sync (OTCMKTS:WAYS) and Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ:PEIX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

45.8% of Pacific Ethanol shares are owned by institutional investors. 42.5% of Wave Sync shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Pacific Ethanol shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Wave Sync and Pacific Ethanol’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Wave Sync N/A -1,106.34% -487.74%
Pacific Ethanol -4.00% -17.24% -8.67%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Wave Sync and Pacific Ethanol’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Wave Sync $230,000.00 0.00 -$4.86 million N/A N/A
Pacific Ethanol $1.52 billion 0.04 -$60.27 million ($1.42) -0.78

Wave Sync has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Pacific Ethanol.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Wave Sync and Pacific Ethanol, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Wave Sync 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pacific Ethanol 0 1 2 0 2.67

Pacific Ethanol has a consensus price target of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 485.59%.

Volatility & Risk

Wave Sync has a beta of -0.07, meaning that its stock price is 107% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pacific Ethanol has a beta of 2.32, meaning that its stock price is 132% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Pacific Ethanol beats Wave Sync on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Wave Sync

Wave Sync Corp., a development stage company, engages in the design, development, and proliferation of next generation debit and credit cards for financial institutions in the United States. The company offers its products by employing secured encryption transmitted through audio wave technology. It also supplies and sells electronic inlays embedded with audio chips and other modules to card manufacturers. The company is based in Randolph, New Jersey.

About Pacific Ethanol

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. produces and markets low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Production and Marketing. It produces and markets ethanol; specialty alcohols; and co-products, such as wet distillers grains, dry distillers grains with solubles, wet and dry corn gluten feed, condensed distillers solubles, corn gluten meal, corn germ, corn oil, distillers yeast, and CO2, as well as markets ethanol produced by third parties. The company also offers ethanol transportation, storage, and delivery services through third-party service providers. It sells ethanol to integrated oil companies and gasoline marketers; distillers grains and other feed co-products to dairies and feedlots; and corn oil to poultry and biodiesel customers. The company owns and operates nine ethanol production facilities in the Western states of California, Oregon, and Idaho; and in the Midwestern states of Illinois and Nebraska. Pacific Ethanol, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Sacramento, California.

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