Comparison of Gevo Inc. (GEVO) and The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE:SHW)

Gevo Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) and The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE:SHW) compete against each other in the Specialty Chemicals sector. We will contrast them and contrast their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gevo Inc. 32.92M 0.55 25.26M -14.32 0.00
The Sherwin-Williams Company 17.53B 2.27 1.11B 11.57 37.83

Table 1 highlights Gevo Inc. and The Sherwin-Williams Company’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.


Table 2 shows us the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of both businesses.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gevo Inc. -76.73% -31.8% -25.3%
The Sherwin-Williams Company 6.33% 29.3% 5.6%

Risk and Volatility

Gevo Inc. has a beta of 2.97 and its 197.00% more volatile than S&P 500. Competitively, The Sherwin-Williams Company is 27.00% more volatile than S&P 500, because of the 1.27 beta.


The Current Ratio of Gevo Inc. is 7.7 while its Quick Ratio stands at 7.2. The Current Ratio of rival The Sherwin-Williams Company is 1 and its Quick Ratio is has 0.6. Gevo Inc. is better equipped to clear short and long-term obligations than The Sherwin-Williams Company.


Meanhile, The Sherwin-Williams Company’s yearly dividend is $3.44 per share and 0.8% dividend yield. Gevo Inc. does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

The table shown features the ratings and recommendations for Gevo Inc. and The Sherwin-Williams Company.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gevo Inc. 0 0 0 0.00
The Sherwin-Williams Company 0 3 5 2.63

Competitively the average price target of The Sherwin-Williams Company is $440.25, which is potential 2.14% upside.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

The shares of both Gevo Inc. and The Sherwin-Williams Company are owned by institutional investors at 13.1% and 79.2% respectively. Insiders held 3.97% of Gevo Inc. shares. On the other hand, insiders held about 0.2% of The Sherwin-Williams Company’s shares.


In this table we provide the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Gevo Inc. -12.99% -15.33% -22.46% -45.57% -75.55% 12.76%
The Sherwin-Williams Company 0.02% 3.85% 5.11% -4.09% 10.4% 11.26%

For the past year Gevo Inc.’s stock price has bigger growth than The Sherwin-Williams Company.


The Sherwin-Williams Company beats on 11 of the 13 factors Gevo Inc.

Gevo, Inc., a renewable chemicals and biofuels company, focuses on the development and commercialization of alternatives to petroleum-based products based on isobutanol produced from renewable feedstocks in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gevo, Inc. and Gevo Development/Agri-Energy. The company engages in the research and development, and production of isobutanol; development of its proprietary biocatalysts; production and sale of biojet fuel; and retrofit process of chemicals and biofuels. It is also involved in the production of ethanol, isobutanol, and related products. In addition, the company produces and separates its renewable isobutanol through the Gevo Integrated Fermentation Technology platform. The company was formerly known as Methanotech, Inc. and changed its name to Gevo, Inc. in March 2006. Gevo, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

The Sherwin-Williams Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. The company operates in four segments: Paint Stores Group, Consumer Group, Global Finishes Group, and Latin America Coatings Group. It offers architectural paint and coatings, protective and marine products, automotive finishes and refinish products, original equipment manufacturer product finishes, and related items under the Sherwin-Williams brand. The company also licenses technology and trade names. As of December 31, 2016, its Paint Stores Group segment operated 4,180 company-operated specialty paint stores; Global Finishes Group segment operated 288 company-operated branches; and Latin America Coatings Group segment operated 339 company-operated stores. The company also sells its products through direct sales staff and outside sales representatives to retailers, dealers, jobbers, licensees, and other third party distributors. The Sherwin-Williams Company was founded in 1866 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.