Head to Head Review: Sensient Technologies (SXT) vs. Aemetis (AMTX)

Aemetis (NASDAQ:AMTX) and Sensient Technologies (NYSE:SXT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.2% of Aemetis shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.3% of Sensient Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 24.2% of Aemetis shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Sensient Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Sensient Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Aemetis does not pay a dividend. Sensient Technologies pays out 38.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Sensient Technologies has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Aemetis and Sensient Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aemetis $150.15 million 0.13 -$30.30 million N/A N/A
Sensient Technologies $1.36 billion 2.40 $89.60 million $3.42 22.60

Sensient Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Aemetis.

Volatility and Risk

Aemetis has a beta of -0.79, suggesting that its share price is 179% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sensient Technologies has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Aemetis and Sensient Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aemetis 0 1 1 0 2.50
Sensient Technologies 1 0 2 0 2.33

Aemetis presently has a consensus target price of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 100.00%. Sensient Technologies has a consensus target price of $92.00, suggesting a potential upside of 19.03%. Given Aemetis’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Aemetis is more favorable than Sensient Technologies.


This table compares Aemetis and Sensient Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aemetis -19.01% N/A -30.96%
Sensient Technologies 8.77% 18.11% 8.67%


Sensient Technologies beats Aemetis on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aemetis

Aemetis, Inc. operates as a renewable fuels and bio-chemicals company in North America and India. The company focuses on the acquisition, development, and commercialization of various technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by the conversion of ethanol and biodiesel plants into advanced bio refineries. It owns and operates an ethanol plant in the California Central Valley near Modesto; and a biodiesel plant in Kakinada, India. The company sells biodiesel and refined glycerin to resellers, distributors, and refiners through its sales force and independent sales agents, as well as to brokers who resell the product to end-users. It also produces ethanol; and wet distiller's grains, distiller's corn oil, and condensed distillers soluble or corn syrup products to dairies and feedlots as animal feed. The company was formerly known as AE Biofuels, Inc. and changed its name to Aemetis, Inc. in November 2011. Aemetis, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

About Sensient Technologies

Sensient Technologies Corporation develops, manufactures, and supplies colors, flavors, and fragrances in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Flavors & Fragrances Group, Color Group, and Asia Pacific Group. The company offers flavor-delivery systems, and compounded and blended products; ingredient products, such as essential oils, natural and synthetic flavors, natural extracts, and aroma chemicals; fragrance products; and chili powder, paprika, and chili pepper, as well as dehydrated vegetables comprising parsley, celery, and spinach to the food, beverage, personal care, and household-products industries. It also provides natural and synthetic color systems for use in foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals; colors and other ingredients for cosmetics, such as active ingredients, solubilizers, and surface treated pigments; pharmaceutical and nutraceutical excipients, including colors, flavors, and coatings; specialty inks; and technical colors for industrial applications under the Sensient Food Colors, Sensient Pharmaceutical Coating Systems, Sensient Cosmetic Technologies, Sensient Inks, and Sensient Industrial Colors trade names. The company was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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