Head-To-Head Comparison: Tantech (TANH) versus Amyris (AMRS)

Tantech (NASDAQ:TANH) and Amyris (NASDAQ:AMRS) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tantech N/A N/A N/A
Amyris -114.09% N/A -127.95%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.5% of Tantech shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.2% of Amyris shares are held by institutional investors. 21.8% of Amyris shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Tantech and Amyris’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tantech $43.08 million 1.21 $3.76 million N/A N/A
Amyris $143.45 million 2.04 -$72.32 million ($3.05) -1.26

Tantech has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Amyris.

Volatility & Risk

Tantech has a beta of -1.51, indicating that its share price is 251% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amyris has a beta of 0.38, indicating that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Tantech and Amyris, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tantech 0 0 0 0 N/A
Amyris 0 0 2 0 3.00

Amyris has a consensus price target of $9.50, suggesting a potential upside of 148.04%. Given Amyris’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Amyris is more favorable than Tantech.


Amyris beats Tantech on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Tantech Company Profile

Tantech Holdings Ltd. develops and manufactures bamboo-based charcoal products in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Consumer Products, Trading, and Electric Vehicle. It produces pressed and formed charcoal briquettes for use in grills, incense burners, and other applications under the Algold brand. The company also offers Charcoal Doctor branded products, such as air purifiers and humidifiers, automotive accessories for air purification, underfloor humidity control products, pillows and mattresses, wardrobe deodorizers, mouse pads and wrist mats, refrigerator deodorants, charcoal toilet cleaner disks, liquid charcoal cleaners, shoe insoles, and decorative charcoal gifts. In addition, it provides bamboo vinegar, a liquid byproduct that is used in disinfectants, detergents, lotions, specialized soaps, toilet cleaners, and fertilizers, as well as in various agricultural applications. Further, the company develops, manufactures, and sells electric buses and specialty electric vehicles, such as electric logistics cars, brushless cleaning cars, electric cleaning cars, special emergency vehicles, and funeral cars; and solar cells, lithium-ion batteries, auto parts, and electric control systems. The company sells its products directly or indirectly through distributors for industrial energy applications; and household cooking, heating, purification, agricultural, and cleaning uses. It also exports its bamboo vinegar, bamboo charcoal and purification products. Tantech Holdings Ltd. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Lishui, the People's Republic of China.

Amyris Company Profile

Amyris, Inc., an integrated renewable products company, engages in the research, development, and production of ingredients for the health and wellness, clean beauty, and flavors and fragrances markets worldwide. It applies its bioscience solutions to convert plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules and produce specialty ingredients and consumer products. The company delivers its products and services under the No Compromise name across various markets, including specialty and performance chemicals, flavors and fragrances, cosmetics ingredients, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. It has a collaboration agreement with Yifan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Givaudan SA. 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.

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