Price/Sales of BioAmber Inc.
The price to sales ratio, Price/Sales ratio, P/S ratio, or PSR, is a valuation metric for stocks. It is calculated by dividing the company's market cap by the revenue in the most recent year. It can also be calculated by dividing the per-share stock price by per-share revenue. The price to sales ratio is for trailing twelve months so the reported sales are for the four previous quarters. Longer time periods can be examined at times.
A smaller price to sales ratio is usually thought to be a better investment since the investor is paying less for each unit of sales. However, sales do not reveal the whole picture, as the company may be unprofitable with a low P/S ratio. Because of the limitations, this ratio is usually used only for unprofitable companies, since they don't have a price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio). The metric can be used to determine the value of a stock relative to its past performance. It may also be used to determine relative valuation of a sector or the market as a whole.
Price to sales ratios vary greatly between sectors, so they are most useful in comparing similar stocks within a sector or sub-sector. Comparing P/S ratios carries the implicit assumption that all firms in the comparison have an identical capital structure.
BioAmber Inc., an industrial biotechnology company, produces and sells bio-succinic acid to various chemical market customers primarily in the United States and Canada. Its proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are replacements for petroleum-derived chemicals. The company's bio-succinic acid is used in various applications, including plasticizers, polyurethanes, personal care products, resins and coatings, de-icing solutions, PET resins, lubricants, polybutylene succinate, fine chemicals, and food additives. Its product pipeline also includes bio-succinic acid derivatives, such as 1, 4 butanediol and tetrahydrofuran used in elastomers, engineering plastics, shoe soles, spandex, and solvents; succinic acid based polyesters for use in automotive interiors, fibers and non-wovens, food packaging, plastic bags and cups, and organic composite boards; and C6 building block chemicals comprising adipic acid, caprolactam, and hexamethylenediamine used in carpets, engineering plastics, textiles and fibers, films, and polyurethanes. The company was formerly known as DNP Green Technology, Inc. and changed its name to BioAmber Inc. in September 2010. BioAmber Inc. is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
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