RiceBran Technologies (RIBT) & Z-Trim (FBER) Head to Head Analysis

RiceBran Technologies (NASDAQ:RIBT) and Z-Trim (OTCMKTS:FBER) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

10.7% of RiceBran Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Z-Trim shares are held by institutional investors. 10.2% of RiceBran Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 82.4% of Z-Trim shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares RiceBran Technologies and Z-Trim’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
RiceBran Technologies -74.93% -45.57% -39.26%
Z-Trim N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares RiceBran Technologies and Z-Trim’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
RiceBran Technologies $13.35 million 6.72 -$4.53 million N/A N/A
Z-Trim $1.17 million 0.20 -$3.15 million N/A N/A

Z-Trim has lower revenue, but higher earnings than RiceBran Technologies.

Risk & Volatility

RiceBran Technologies has a beta of 0.35, meaning that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Z-Trim has a beta of 4.29, meaning that its stock price is 329% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for RiceBran Technologies and Z-Trim, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RiceBran Technologies 0 1 1 0 2.50
Z-Trim 0 0 0 0 N/A

RiceBran Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 51.06%. Given RiceBran Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe RiceBran Technologies is more favorable than Z-Trim.

Summary

Z-Trim beats RiceBran Technologies on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About RiceBran Technologies

RiceBran Technologies processes and markets healthy, natural, and nutrient dense products derived from raw rice bran. The company manufactures and distributes stabilized rice bran (SRB) in various granulations with other products and derivatives. It offers RiBalance, a rice bran nutritional package derived from further processing of SRB; RiSolubles, a nutritious carbohydrate and lipid rich fraction of RiBalance; RiFiber, a protein and fiber rich derivative of RiBalance; and protein and protein/fiber blends under the ProRyza brand. The company serves natural food, food and animal nutrition manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in the United States, Brazil, and internationally. The company was formerly known as NutraCea and changed its name to RiceBran Technologies in October 2012. RiceBran Technologies was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

About Z-Trim

Agritech Worldwide, Inc. does not have significant business operations. Previously, it developed products and processes that converted agricultural by-products into multi-functional ingredients for use in the food manufacturing and other industries. The company was formerly known as Z Trim Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Agritech Worldwide, Inc. in April 2016. Agritech Worldwide, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is based in New York, New York.

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