ARQ (ARQ) vs. The Competition Critical Review

ARQ (NASDAQ:ARQGet Free Report) is one of 19 public companies in the “Miscellaneous chemical products” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare ARQ to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for ARQ and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ARQ 0 0 0 0 N/A
ARQ Competitors 44 371 341 9 2.41

As a group, “Miscellaneous chemical products” companies have a potential upside of 23.65%. Given ARQ’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe ARQ has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ARQ and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
ARQ $99.18 million -$12.25 million -15.72
ARQ Competitors $1.05 billion $41.01 million 11.61

ARQ’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than ARQ. ARQ is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares ARQ and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ARQ -12.35% -8.35% -6.16%
ARQ Competitors -14.35% -42.20% -22.94%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

18.5% of ARQ shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of shares of all “Miscellaneous chemical products” companies are held by institutional investors. 22.2% of ARQ shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Miscellaneous chemical products” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

ARQ has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ARQ’s peers have a beta of 1.05, suggesting that their average share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

ARQ Company Profile

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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.

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