Marrone Bio Innovations (MBII) versus Intrepid Potash (IPI) Head to Head Analysis

Marrone Bio Innovations (NASDAQ: MBII) and Intrepid Potash (NYSE:IPI) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

51.1% of Marrone Bio Innovations shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.3% of Intrepid Potash shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Marrone Bio Innovations shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.3% of Intrepid Potash shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Marrone Bio Innovations and Intrepid Potash’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marrone Bio Innovations $16.95 million 1.91 -$21.12 million ($1.17) -0.88
Intrepid Potash $133.60 million 3.75 -$86,000.00 ($0.68) -6.01

Intrepid Potash has higher revenue and earnings than Marrone Bio Innovations. Intrepid Potash is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Marrone Bio Innovations, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Marrone Bio Innovations and Intrepid Potash, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marrone Bio Innovations 0 2 1 0 2.33
Intrepid Potash 0 1 0 0 2.00

Marrone Bio Innovations presently has a consensus target price of $2.50, indicating a potential upside of 142.72%. Intrepid Potash has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential downside of 26.65%. Given Marrone Bio Innovations’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Marrone Bio Innovations is more favorable than Intrepid Potash.

Profitability

This table compares Marrone Bio Innovations and Intrepid Potash’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marrone Bio Innovations -177.10% N/A -64.21%
Intrepid Potash -30.56% -12.37% -8.86%

Risk & Volatility

Marrone Bio Innovations has a beta of 0.29, indicating that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intrepid Potash has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Intrepid Potash beats Marrone Bio Innovations on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Marrone Bio Innovations Company Profile

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. offers bio-based pest management and plant health products. The Company’s bio-based products include naturally occurring microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi and plant extracts. It sells its products to crop protection market. Its four crop protection products include Regalia, Grandevo, Venerate and Majestene. Its products are used in both conventional and organic crop production, and are sold to growers of specialty crops, such as grapes, citrus, tomatoes, vegetables, nuts, leafy greens and ornamental plants. It offers Regalia for large-acre row crops, such as corn and soybeans. Its pipeline of early-stage discoveries and product candidates extends across a range of product types for end markets, including herbicides, fungicides, nematicides, insecticides, algaecides (for algae control), molluscicides (for mussel and snail control), and plant growth and plant stress regulators. It is engaged in developing MBI-010, MBI-110, Haven (MBI-505) and MBI-601.

Intrepid Potash Company Profile

Intrepid Potash, Inc. is a producer of muriate of potash (potassium chloride or potash) and langbeinite (sulfate of potash magnesia) in the United States, which it markets and sells as Trio. The Company operates in the extraction, production and sale of potassium-related products. Its products are potash and Trio. It sells potash into three markets, including the agricultural market as a fertilizer input; the industrial market as a component in drilling and fracturing fluids for oil and gas wells and an input to other industrial processes, and the animal feed market as a nutrient supplement. Trio, which it mines from langbeinite ore, is its specialty fertilizer that delivers potassium, sulfate and magnesium in a single particle and has low chloride. The Company also produces salt, magnesium chloride, metal recovery salts and brine containing salt and potassium from its mining processes. It produces potash from three solar evaporation solution mining facilities.

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