International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) & Tantech (TANH) Financial Review

International Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE:IFF) and Tantech (NASDAQ:TANH) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for International Flavors & Fragrances and Tantech, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
International Flavors & Fragrances 3 4 3 0 2.00
Tantech 0 0 0 0 N/A

International Flavors & Fragrances currently has a consensus target price of $140.75, suggesting a potential upside of 12.64%. Given International Flavors & Fragrances’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe International Flavors & Fragrances is more favorable than Tantech.

Risk & Volatility

International Flavors & Fragrances has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tantech has a beta of -1.46, meaning that its share price is 246% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares International Flavors & Fragrances and Tantech’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
International Flavors & Fragrances $3.98 billion 3.35 $337.30 million $6.28 19.90
Tantech $43.08 million 1.07 $3.76 million N/A N/A

International Flavors & Fragrances has higher revenue and earnings than Tantech.


This table compares International Flavors & Fragrances and Tantech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
International Flavors & Fragrances 8.48% 15.56% 6.65%
Tantech N/A N/A N/A


International Flavors & Fragrances pays an annual dividend of $2.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Tantech does not pay a dividend. International Flavors & Fragrances pays out 46.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. International Flavors & Fragrances has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.6% of International Flavors & Fragrances shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.1% of Tantech shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Flavors & Fragrances 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.


International Flavors & Fragrances beats Tantech on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

International Flavors & Fragrances Company Profile

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures flavors and fragrances for use in various consumer products. It operates through two segments, Flavors and Fragrances. The Flavors segment offers flavor compounds primarily to the food and beverage industries for use in consumer products, such as prepared foods, beverages, dairy, food, and sweet products. The Fragrances segment provides fragrance compounds, which include fine fragrances comprising perfumes and colognes, as well as consumer fragrances for personal care, household products, and beauty care; fragrance ingredients comprising synthetic and natural ingredients that could be combined with other materials to create fragrance and consumer compounds; and cosmetic active ingredients consisting of active and functional ingredients, botanicals, and delivery systems to support its customers' cosmetic and personal care product lines. This segment serves perfume and toiletries manufacturers in the cosmetics industry; and manufacturers of soaps, detergents, fabric care, household cleaners, and air fresheners in the household products industry. The company has operations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Greater Asia, North America, and Latin America. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. was founded in 1833 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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.

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