ARQ (NASDAQ:ARQ) and Flexible Solutions International (NYSE:FSI) Head-To-Head Comparison

ARQ (NASDAQ:ARQGet Free Report) and Flexible Solutions International (NYSE:FSIGet Free Report) 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 valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ARQ and Flexible Solutions International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ARQ $99.18 million 2.66 -$12.25 million ($0.50) -15.74
Flexible Solutions International $38.33 million 0.71 $2.78 million $0.22 9.95

Flexible Solutions International has lower revenue, but higher earnings than ARQ. ARQ is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Flexible Solutions International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares ARQ and Flexible Solutions International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ARQ -12.35% -8.35% -6.16%
Flexible Solutions International 7.24% 7.51% 5.18%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for ARQ and Flexible Solutions International, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ARQ 0 0 0 0 N/A
Flexible Solutions International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk & Volatility

ARQ has a beta of 1.45, suggesting that its share price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Flexible Solutions International has a beta of 1.58, suggesting that its share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

18.5% of ARQ shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.3% of Flexible Solutions International shares are held by institutional investors. 22.2% of ARQ shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 35.5% of Flexible Solutions International 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.


Flexible Solutions International beats ARQ on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ARQ

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Arq, Inc. produces activated carbon products in North America. The company's products include granular activated carbon, powdered and granular activated carbon, and colloidal carbon products; Arq Powder Wetcake, a fine and low-ash coal waste-derived particle; and additives for air emissions control. Its products are used in various applications, including water treatment, ground water remediation, soil sediments, air emissions, and asphalt additives. The company was formerly known as Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. and changed its name to Arq, Inc. in February 2024. Arq, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

About Flexible Solutions International

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Flexible Solutions International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals that slow the evaporation of water in Canada, the United States, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Energy and Water Conservation Products, and Biodegradable Polymers. The company offers thermal polyaspartates (TPAs) for oilfields to reduce scale and corrosion in various water systems; and for the agricultural industry to reduce fertilizer crystallization before, during, and after application, as well as to prevent crystal formation between fertilizer and minerals present in the soil. It also provides TPAs for irrigation to prevent early plugging of drip irrigation ports, reduce maintenance costs, and lengthen the life of equipment; TPAs for cleaning products to prevents the re-deposition of dirt onto the surfaces; and TPAs as additives for household laundry detergents, consumer care products, and pesticides. In addition, the company offers nitrogen conservation products for agriculture that slow down nitrogen loss from fields. Further, it provides HEATSAVR, a chemical product for use in swimming pools and spas that forms a thin and transparent layer on the water's surface; and WATERSAVR to reduce water evaporation in reservoirs, potable water storage tanks, livestock watering ponds, aqueducts, canals, and irrigation ditches, as well as for lawn and turf care, and potted and bedding plants. Flexible Solutions International, Inc. was incorporated in 1991 and is headquartered in Taber, Canada.

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