Aqua Metals (AQMS) & Constellium (CSTM) Critical Comparison

Aqua Metals (NASDAQ: AQMS) and Constellium (NYSE:CSTM) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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35.2% of Aqua Metals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.7% of Constellium shares are held by institutional investors. 18.1% of Aqua Metals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Aqua Metals and Constellium, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aqua Metals 0 0 6 0 3.00
Constellium 0 3 3 0 2.50

Aqua Metals presently has a consensus price target of $17.83, suggesting a potential upside of 682.16%. Constellium has a consensus price target of $14.60, suggesting a potential upside of 23.73%. Given Aqua Metals’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Aqua Metals is more favorable than Constellium.

Volatility and Risk

Aqua Metals has a beta of 0.02, suggesting that its stock price is 98% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Constellium has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Aqua Metals and Constellium’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aqua Metals $2.09 million 31.30 -$26.58 million ($1.19) -1.92
Constellium $5.92 billion 0.21 -$35.03 million ($0.32) -36.88

Aqua Metals has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Constellium. Constellium is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aqua Metals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Aqua Metals and Constellium’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aqua Metals N/A -41.94% -33.00%
Constellium -0.66% -5.81% -0.93%


Aqua Metals beats Constellium on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aqua Metals

Aqua Metals, Inc. engages in the recycling of lead primarily in the United States. It produces and sells hard lead, lead compounds, and plastics. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Alameda, California.

About Constellium

Constellium N.V. engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of specialty rolled and extruded aluminum products for the aerospace, packaging, and automotive end-markets. The company operates in three segments: Packaging & Automotive Rolled Products, Aerospace & Transportation, and Automotive Structures & Industry. The Packaging & Automotive Rolled Products segment produces rolled aluminum products, including can stock and closure stock for the beverage and food industry, and foil stock for the flexible packaging market. It also supplies automotive body sheets and heat exchangers for the automotive market; and sheet and coils for the building and constructions markets. The Aerospace & Transportation segment provides aluminum and specialty materials products, including aerospace plates and sheets, aerospace wing skins, plates for general engineering, and sheets for transportation applications, as well as other extrusions and precision casting products. This segment serves aerospace, transportation, industry, and defense sectors. The Automotive Structures & Industry segment offers crash management systems, side impact beams, body structures, and cockpit carriers; and soft and hard alloy extrusions, and large profiles for automotive, railroad, energy, building, and industrial applications. This segment also provides downstream technology and services, which include pre-machining, surface treatment, research and development, and technical support services. The company sells its products directly or through distributors in France, Germany, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy, and the United States, as well as Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul, and Singapore. Constellium N.V. was incorporated in 2010 and is headquartered in Schiphol-Rijk, the Netherlands.

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