INTERSERVE PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:ISVJY) and BRENNTAG AG/ADR (OTCMKTS:BNTGY) are both business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.


This table compares INTERSERVE PLC/ADR and BRENNTAG AG/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BRENNTAG AG/ADR 3.10% 13.54% 5.37%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares INTERSERVE PLC/ADR and BRENNTAG AG/ADR’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
INTERSERVE PLC/ADR $4.40 billion 0.02 -$140.54 million N/A N/A
BRENNTAG AG/ADR $13.27 billion 0.73 $407.81 million $0.53 23.71

BRENNTAG AG/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than INTERSERVE PLC/ADR.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of BRENNTAG AG/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for INTERSERVE PLC/ADR and BRENNTAG AG/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BRENNTAG AG/ADR 0 1 0 0 2.00

Risk and Volatility

INTERSERVE PLC/ADR has a beta of 2.07, meaning that its stock price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BRENNTAG AG/ADR has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.


BRENNTAG AG/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. INTERSERVE PLC/ADR does not pay a dividend. BRENNTAG AG/ADR pays out 32.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


BRENNTAG AG/ADR beats INTERSERVE PLC/ADR on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.


Interserve Plc provides advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management, and citizen services in the United Kingdom and internationally. Its Support Services segment offers support services to public- and private-sector clients. The company's Construction segment designs, constructs, and maintains buildings and infrastructure. Its Equipment Services segment designs, hires, and sells formwork, falsework, and related access equipment. The company also engages in the property management, development, rental, and leasing activities; management of five community rehabilitation companies; pension trustee activities; fitting out and refurbishment of offices and other buildings; equipment hire and sales activities; rental of plant and machinery; and provision of transport and maintenance services to the oil and gas industry. In addition, it offers healthcare, vocational training, welfare-to-work, employment, probation and rehabilitation, contract and window cleaning, catering, defense sector and industrial support, asbestos, supply, security manpower and support, manned guarding security, mechanical and electrical engineering, army training estate, personnel and management, fire suppression and detection system, insurance, education, and building maintenance services. Further, the company provides oil-field maintenance, fabrication, and construction services; support services for integration of disabled people into cleaning contracts and the transport sector; operational and financial services to PFI/PPP projects; management/maintenance services for slough borough council; management/maintenance services for MoD; and solutions for building/infrastructure projects. Additionally, it offers mechanical, electrical, and engineering services; and acts as a trustee. The company was formerly known as Tilbury Douglas Plc and changed its name to Interserve Plc in February 2001. Interserve Plc was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Twyford, the United Kingdom.


Brenntag AG, a chemical distribution company, purchases and supplies industrial and specialty chemicals in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. The company also provides value added services. It serves customers in various end-market industries, such as adhesives, paints, oil and gas, food, water treatment, personal care, and pharmaceuticals. The company was founded in 1874 and is headquartered in Essen, Germany.

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