Comparing Fuel Tech (FTEK) and MagneGas (MNGA)

Fuel Tech (NASDAQ: FTEK) and MagneGas (NASDAQ:MNGA) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares Fuel Tech and MagneGas’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fuel Tech $45.17 million 0.77 -$10.98 million ($0.47) -3.06
MagneGas $3.55 million 0.49 -$17.46 million ($33.28) -0.03

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

Profitability

This table compares Fuel Tech and MagneGas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fuel Tech -23.04% -9.08% -6.57%
MagneGas -371.23% -277.02% -126.92%

Volatility & Risk

Fuel Tech has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MagneGas has a beta of -0.47, indicating that its stock price is 147% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

21.5% of Fuel Tech shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.5% of MagneGas shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of Fuel Tech shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of MagneGas shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Fuel Tech and MagneGas, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fuel Tech 0 0 0 0 N/A
MagneGas 0 0 1 0 3.00

MagneGas has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 500.00%. Given MagneGas’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe MagneGas is more favorable than Fuel Tech.

Summary

Fuel Tech beats MagneGas on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fuel Tech

Fuel Tech, Inc. is a technology company. The Company is engaged in the development, commercialization and application of technologies for air pollution control, process optimization, combustion efficiency and engineering services. It operates through three segments: Air Pollution Control technology, FUEL CHEM technology and Fuel Conversion. The Air Pollution Control technology segment includes technologies to manage nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions in flue gas from boilers, incinerators, furnaces and other stationary combustion sources. The FUEL CHEM technology segment uses chemical processes in combination with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and chemical kinetics modeling (CKM) boiler modeling, for the control of slagging, fouling, corrosion, opacity and other sulfur trioxide-related issues in furnaces and boilers through the addition of chemicals into the furnace. The Fuel Conversion segment represents the CARBONITE fuel conversion process and technology.

About MagneGas

MagneGas Corporation is an alternative energy company. The Company creates and produces hydrogen-based alternative fuel through the gasification of carbon-rich liquids, including certain liquids and liquid wastes. The Company is also developing the use of fuel for co-combustion with hydrocarbon fuels to reduce emissions. The Company also markets, for sale or licensure, its plasma arc technology for the processing of liquid waste (the Plasma Arc Flow System). Its products include the fuel called MagneGas2 for the metal working industry, the equipment primarily known in the firefighting industry, known as MagneTote, and the machines that produce MagneGas2, known as Plasma Arc Flow refineries. In addition, the Company sells metal cutting fuels and ancillary products through its subsidiary, Equipment Sales and Service, Inc. (ESSI), a Florida corporation. It distributes products through several industrial gas companies in California, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.

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