Comparing Westlake Chemical Partners (WLKP) & CTD (CTDH)

Westlake Chemical Partners (NYSE:WLKP) and CTD (OTCMKTS:CTDH) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Westlake Chemical Partners and CTD, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westlake Chemical Partners 0 4 3 0 2.43
CTD 0 0 0 0 N/A

Westlake Chemical Partners presently has a consensus target price of $26.30, indicating a potential upside of 12.54%. Given Westlake Chemical Partners’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Westlake Chemical Partners is more favorable than CTD.

Dividends

Westlake Chemical Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. CTD does not pay a dividend. Westlake Chemical Partners pays out 95.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Westlake Chemical Partners has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

45.9% of Westlake Chemical Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 46.0% of CTD shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Westlake Chemical Partners has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CTD has a beta of 0.31, indicating that its share price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Westlake Chemical Partners and CTD’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westlake Chemical Partners 4.53% 5.49% 3.59%
CTD -434.92% -471.20% -207.97%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Westlake Chemical Partners and CTD’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Westlake Chemical Partners $1.17 billion 0.64 $48.67 million $1.72 13.59
CTD $1.23 million 49.71 -$3.83 million N/A N/A

Westlake Chemical Partners has higher revenue and earnings than CTD.

Summary

Westlake Chemical Partners beats CTD on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Westlake Chemical Partners

Westlake Chemical Partners LP operates, acquires, and develops ethylene production facilities and related assets in the United States. The company operates ethylene production facilities, which primarily convert ethane into ethylene. It also sells ethylene co-products, including propylene, crude butadiene, pyrolysis gasoline, and hydrogen directly to third parties on a spot or contract basis. Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About CTD

CTD Holdings, Inc., a biotechnology company, develops cyclodextrin-based products for the treatment of diseases. The company's lead drug candidate is Trappsol Cyclo, an orphan drug for the treatment of Neimann-Pick Type C disease. The company also sells cyclodextrins and related products to the pharmaceutical, nutritional, and other industries, primarily for use in diagnostics and specialty drugs. CTD Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is based in Gainesville, Florida.

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