Analyzing Amyris (AMRS) & OriginClear (OCLN)

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Amyris and OriginClear’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amyris $143.45 million 2.21 -$72.32 million ($3.05) -1.36
OriginClear $3.35 million 0.46 -$5.23 million N/A N/A

OriginClear has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Amyris.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amyris -114.09% N/A -127.95%
OriginClear -40.45% N/A -302.55%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Amyris and OriginClear, as provided by

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

Amyris presently has a consensus price target of $9.50, indicating a potential upside of 128.92%. Given Amyris’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Amyris is more favorable than OriginClear.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

36.9% of Amyris shares are held by institutional investors. 21.8% of Amyris shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Amyris has a beta of 0.39, indicating that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OriginClear has a beta of -1.55, indicating that its share price is 255% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Amyris beats OriginClear on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Amyris

Amyris, Inc., an integrated renewable products company, delivers alternatives to petroleum, plant, and animal-based products across a range of consumer and industry segments worldwide. It applies its bioscience solutions to convert plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules, specialty ingredients, and consumer products. The company delivers its No Compromise products and services in markets, such as specialty and performance chemicals, flavors and fragrances, cosmetics ingredients, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. 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 OriginClear

OriginClear, Inc. provides water treatment solutions. The company licenses its Electro Water Separation technology worldwide to treat heavily polluted waters, as well as to remove harmful micro-contaminants from drinking water using minimal energy, chemicals, and materials. It also designs and manufactures a line of water treatment systems for municipal, industrial, and pure water applications. In addition, the company offers a range of services, including maintenance contracts, retrofits, and replacement assistance; and rents equipment through contracts of varying duration, as well as provides prefabricated wastewater treatment products. It operates in the United States, Canada, Japan, Argentina, and the Middle East. The company was formerly known as OriginOil, Inc. and changed its name to OriginClear, Inc. in April 2015. OriginClear, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

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