Reviewing LyondellBasell Industries (LYB) & Amyris (AMRS)

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Amyris (NYSE: LYB) and LyondellBasell Industries (NYSE:LYB) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Amyris and LyondellBasell Industries’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amyris $143.45 million 2.69 -$72.32 million ($3.05) -2.51
LyondellBasell Industries $34.48 billion 1.26 $4.88 billion $10.23 10.91

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

24.0% of Amyris shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.0% of LyondellBasell Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 21.8% of Amyris shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of LyondellBasell Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Amyris has a beta of 0.11, suggesting that its share price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LyondellBasell Industries has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amyris -84.53% N/A -94.79%
LyondellBasell Industries 15.51% 53.77% 18.68%

Dividends

LyondellBasell Industries pays an annual dividend of $4.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Amyris does not pay a dividend. LyondellBasell Industries pays out 39.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. LyondellBasell Industries has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Amyris and LyondellBasell Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amyris 0 1 2 0 2.67
LyondellBasell Industries 0 8 6 0 2.43

Amyris currently has a consensus price target of $9.67, indicating a potential upside of 26.03%. LyondellBasell Industries has a consensus price target of $119.08, indicating a potential upside of 6.72%. Given Amyris’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Amyris is more favorable than LyondellBasell Industries.

Summary

LyondellBasell Industries beats Amyris on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Amyris

Amyris, Inc. provides various alternatives to a range of petroleum-sourced products worldwide. The company uses its industrial bioscience technology to design microbes primarily yeast, as well as to convert plant-sourced sugars into renewable ingredients. It produces and sells Biofene that converts to squalane, which is used as an emollient in cosmetics and other personal care products; and natural oils and aroma chemicals for the flavors and fragrances market. The company also provides renewable solvents, polymers, and lubricants for industrial markets; Biofene ingredients for nutraceuticals and vitamins market; and renewable fuels for transportation fuels markets. It has a collaboration partnership with Total S.A. to produce and commercialize Biofene-based diesel and jet fuels. The company was formerly known as Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc. and changed its name to Amyris, Inc. in June 2010. Amyris, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Emeryville, California.

About LyondellBasell Industries

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.

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