Analyzing Aqua Metals (AQMS) and Global Brass and Copper Holdings (NYSE:BRSS)

Global Brass and Copper Holdings (NYSE: BRSS) and Aqua Metals (NASDAQ:AQMS) are both small-cap industrial products 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.

Risk & Volatility

Global Brass and Copper Holdings has a beta of 0.44, suggesting that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aqua Metals has a beta of 1.45, suggesting that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.6% of Global Brass and Copper Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.8% of Aqua Metals shares are held by institutional investors. 3.2% of Global Brass and Copper Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.7% of Aqua Metals shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Global Brass and Copper Holdings and Aqua Metals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Global Brass and Copper Holdings 0 1 0 0 2.00
Aqua Metals 0 0 6 0 3.00

Aqua Metals has a consensus target price of $28.60, indicating a potential upside of 286.49%. Given Aqua Metals’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aqua Metals is more favorable than Global Brass and Copper Holdings.

Dividends

Global Brass and Copper Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Aqua Metals does not pay a dividend. Global Brass and Copper Holdings pays out 11.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Global Brass and Copper Holdings and Aqua Metals’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Global Brass and Copper Holdings $1.44 billion 0.43 $113.00 million $2.03 14.06
Aqua Metals $602,999.00 247.46 -$15.80 million ($1.21) -6.12

Global Brass and Copper Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Aqua Metals. Aqua Metals is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Global Brass and Copper Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Global Brass and Copper Holdings and Aqua Metals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Global Brass and Copper Holdings 3.10% 55.01% 9.62%
Aqua Metals N/A -35.51% -27.81%

Summary

Global Brass and Copper Holdings beats Aqua Metals on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Global Brass and Copper Holdings Company Profile

Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. is a converter, fabricator, processor and distributor of specialized non-ferrous products, including a range of sheet, strip, foil, rod, tube and fabricated metal component products. The Company operates through three segments: Olin Brass, Chase Brass and A.J. Oster. Its Olin Brass segment is engaged in manufacturing, fabricating and converting specialized copper and brass sheet, strip, foil, tube and fabricated products. The Chase Brass segment is engaged in manufacturing brass rod, including round, hexagonal and other shapes. The A.J. Oster segment is engaged in processing and distributing copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip and foil, operating six service centers in the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Its products are used in a range of applications across markets, including the building and housing, munitions, automotive, transportation, coinage, industrial machinery and equipment, and general consumer end markets.

Aqua Metals Company Profile

Aqua Metals, Inc. is engaged in the business of recycling lead through a process that the Company developed and named AquaRefining. The Company’s AquaRefining process focuses on providing for the recycling of lead acid batteries (LABs) and the production of lead. AquaRefining uses bio-degradable aqueous solvent and an ambient temperature electro-chemical process to produce lead. The modular nature of AquaRefining makes it possible to start LAB recycling at a much smaller scale than is possible with smelters. Its AquaRefining process begins with the crushing of used LABs and the separation of the metallic lead, active material (lead compounds), sulfuric acid and plastic for recycling. The active material is dissolved in its solvent. The primary lead is then stripped from the solvent using its automated process allowing the solvent to be reused continuously and indefinitely. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had not generated revenues.

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