Zentek (NASDAQ:ZTEK) vs. Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) Critical Comparison

Zentek (NASDAQ:ZTEKGet Rating) and Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLMGet Rating) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Zentek and Martin Marietta Materials’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Zentek -1,617.24% -405.71% -301.18%
Martin Marietta Materials 13.49% 11.28% 5.17%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.8% of Zentek shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.5% of Martin Marietta Materials shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Martin Marietta Materials shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Zentek and Martin Marietta Materials’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Zentek $280,000.00 691.97 -$30.87 million ($0.13) -15.00
Martin Marietta Materials $5.41 billion 3.83 $702.50 million $12.77 26.03

Martin Marietta Materials has higher revenue and earnings than Zentek. Zentek is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Martin Marietta Materials, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Zentek and Martin Marietta Materials, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Zentek 0 0 1 0 3.00
Martin Marietta Materials 0 0 10 0 3.00

Zentek currently has a consensus price target of $3.50, indicating a potential upside of 79.49%. Martin Marietta Materials has a consensus price target of $411.60, indicating a potential upside of 23.83%. Given Zentek’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Zentek is more favorable than Martin Marietta Materials.

Risk and Volatility

Zentek has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Martin Marietta Materials has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Martin Marietta Materials beats Zentek on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Zentek

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Zentek Ltd. engages in the research and development of graphene and related nanomaterials in Canada. It owns 100% interest in the Albany Graphite project located in Northern Ontario, Canada. The company develops graphene-based antimicrobial coating under the ZenGUARD brand, surgical masks, HVAC filters, personal protective equipment, rapid detection point of care diagnostics tests, and pharmaceutical products based on graphene-based compound. In addition, it develops synthesize graphene, graphene oxide, and graphene quantum dots for applications of graphene. The company was formerly known as ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. and changed its name to Zentek Ltd. in October 2021. Zentek Ltd. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in Thunder Bay, Canada.

About Martin Marietta Materials

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Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., a natural resource-based building materials company, supplies aggregates and heavy-side building materials to the construction industry in the United States and internationally. It offers crushed stone, sand, and gravel products; ready mixed concrete and asphalt; paving products and services; and Portland and specialty cement for use in the infrastructure projects, and nonresidential and residential construction markets, as well as in the railroad, agricultural, utility, and environmental industries. The company also produces magnesia-based chemicals products that are used in industrial, agricultural, and environmental applications; and dolomitic lime primarily to customers for steel production and soil stabilization. Its chemical products are used in flame retardants, wastewater treatment, pulp and paper production, and other environmental applications. The company was founded in 1939 and is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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