Ajinomoto (OTCMKTS:AJINY) and EnQuest (OTCMKTS:ENQUF) Critical Review

Ajinomoto (OTCMKTS:AJINY) and EnQuest (OTCMKTS:ENQUF) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings and valuation.


This table compares Ajinomoto and EnQuest’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ajinomoto 5.37% 9.13% 4.26%
EnQuest N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Ajinomoto and EnQuest, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ajinomoto 0 0 2 0 3.00
EnQuest 0 2 2 0 2.50

EnQuest has a consensus price target of $0.29, suggesting a potential downside of 13.64%. Given EnQuest’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe EnQuest is more favorable than Ajinomoto.

Volatility & Risk

Ajinomoto has a beta of -0.22, indicating that its share price is 122% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnQuest has a beta of 3.25, indicating that its share price is 225% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Ajinomoto shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ajinomoto and EnQuest’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ajinomoto $10.11 billion 1.74 $558.51 million N/A N/A
EnQuest $865.65 million 0.65 -$625.80 million ($0.02) -16.50

Ajinomoto has higher revenue and earnings than EnQuest.


Ajinomoto beats EnQuest on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ajinomoto Company Profile

Ajinomoto Co., Inc. engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of food products, amino acids, and pharmaceuticals. It operates through the following segments: Domestic Food Products, Overseas Food Products, Life Support, Healthcare and Others. The Domestic Food Products segment includes seasonings and processed foods, and frozen foods. The Overseas Food Products segment provides consumer foods, which include flavor seasonings and instant noodles; and umami seasonings for processed food manufacturers. The Life Support segment offers feed-use amino acids, amino acids for pharmaceuticals and foods, sweeteners, pharmaceutical fine chemicals, and specialty chemicals. The Healthcare segment handles medical foods and pharmaceuticals. The Others segment covers the packaging materials business, healthcare business, partnership business, logistics, and other services. The company was founded by Saburosuke Suzuki II on May 20, 1909 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

EnQuest Company Profile

EnQuest Plc engages in the extraction and production of hydrocarbons. It operates through the North Sea and Malaysia segments. The company was founded by Amjad Bseisu and Thomas Nigel Dawson Hares on January 29, 2010 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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