Analyzing Loop Industries (LOOP) and ATN International (ATNI)

Loop Industries (NASDAQ:LOOP) and ATN International (NASDAQ:ATNI) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Loop Industries and ATN International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Loop Industries N/A -367.33% -169.29%
ATN International 5.29% 2.92% 2.07%



Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.6% of Loop Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of ATN International shares are held by institutional investors. 60.6% of Loop Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of ATN International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

ATN International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Loop Industries does not pay a dividend. ATN International pays out 52.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Loop Industries and ATN International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Loop Industries N/A N/A -$17.54 million ($0.43) -15.88
ATN International $451.21 million 2.21 $19.82 million $1.29 48.26

ATN International has higher revenue and earnings than Loop Industries. Loop Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ATN International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Loop Industries and ATN International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Loop Industries 0 0 1 0 3.00
ATN International 0 0 2 0 3.00

Loop Industries presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 75.70%. ATN International has a consensus price target of $70.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.45%. Given Loop Industries’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Loop Industries is more favorable than ATN International.

Volatility & Risk

Loop Industries has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ATN International has a beta of 0.4, suggesting that its share price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

ATN International beats Loop Industries on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Loop Industries Company Profile

Loop Industries, Inc. focuses on depolymerizing waste polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics and polyester fibers into base building blocks. It re-polymerized monomers into virgin-quality PET plastic for use in food-grade plastic packaging, such as water and soda bottles, as well as polyester fibers for textile applications. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Terrebonne, Canada.

ATN International Company Profile

ATN International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides wireless and wireline telecommunications services in North America, India, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. It operates through three segments: U.S. Telecom, International Telecom, and Renewable Energy. The U.S. Telecom segment offers wireless and wireline services; wholesale wireless voice and data roaming services to wireless carriers principally in the Southwest and Midwest the United States; and retail wireless, wireline, and wholesale long-distance voice services to telecommunications carriers. The International Telecom segment provides wireless services, including voice and data services to retail customers in Bermuda, Guyana, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and wireline services, such as voice and data services in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Guyana, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as video services in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This segment also offers wholesale long-distance voice services to other telecommunications carriers. The Renewable Energy segment provides distributed generation solar power to corporate, utility, and municipal customers in India, as well as in Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey. As of December 31, 2018, it operated 12 retail stores in U.S. Telecom segment and 19 retail stores in International Telecom segment. The company was formerly known as Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. and changed its name to ATN International, Inc. in June 2016. ATN International, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts.

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