AgroFresh Solutions (AGFS) & FGL (FG) Head-To-Head Review

AgroFresh Solutions (NASDAQ: AGFS) and FGL (NYSE:FG) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of recent ratings for AgroFresh Solutions and FGL, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AgroFresh Solutions 0 1 0 0 2.00
FGL 0 1 1 0 2.50

AgroFresh Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.19%. Given AgroFresh Solutions’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe AgroFresh Solutions is more favorable than FGL.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AgroFresh Solutions and FGL’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AgroFresh Solutions $164.03 million 2.25 $23.47 million N/A N/A
FGL $1.72 billion 1.23 $41.00 million N/A N/A

FGL has higher revenue and earnings than AgroFresh Solutions.

Profitability

This table compares AgroFresh Solutions and FGL’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AgroFresh Solutions 14.31% -0.14% -0.06%
FGL N/A 8.34% 0.51%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

35.7% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.2% of FGL shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.2% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

FGL beats AgroFresh Solutions on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

AgroFresh Solutions Company Profile

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. provides data-driven specialty solutions worldwide. The company uses 1-Methylcyclopropene technology, an ethylene action inhibitor to maintain freshness and extend the shelf life of various fresh produce. Its solutions enable growers and packers of fresh produce to preserve and enhance the freshness, quality, and value of fresh produce, including apples, pears, kiwifruit, avocados, and bananas, as well as flowers. The company's flagship product is the SmartFresh Quality System that regulates the post-harvest ripening effects of ethylene to preserve the texture, firmness, taste, and appearance of produce during storage, transportation, and retail display. It also provides Harvista technology for use in pre-harvest management of pome fruit, such as apples and pears. In addition, the company is developing AdvanStore technology for monitoring fresh fruits while in storage; RipeLock Quality System, a proprietary technology that extends the shelf life of bananas; and LandSpring, a proprietary technology that minimizes stress induced ethylene effects in vegetable seedling transplants allowing for post-transplant vigor. The company was formerly known as Boulevard Acquisition Corp. and changed its name to AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. in July 2015. AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

FGL Company Profile

FGL Holdings, formerly CF Corporation, is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the Company offers fixed annuities and life insurance products across the United States. The Company’s insurance subsidiaries include Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company (FGL Insurance), Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company of New York (FGL NY Insurance) and F & G Re Ltd. The Company’s annuity products include Prosperity Elite, Performance Pro, Safe Income Plus, FG Retirement Pro, FG Index-Choice 10, FGNY Index-Choice 10, FG Guarantee-Platinum, FG Immediate-Income and FG AccumulatorPlus. The Company’s life insurance products include FG Life-Elite and FG Life-Choice. The Company also provides Bermuda-based reinsurance solutions for life and annuity. The Company distributes its life and annuity products through Independent Marketing Organizations (IMOs) and independent insurance agents.

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