Head to Head Review: BRASILAGRO COMP/S (LND) versus General Agriculture (GELT)

BRASILAGRO COMP/S (NYSE:LND) and General Agriculture (OTCMKTS:GELT) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.5% of BRASILAGRO COMP/S shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of BRASILAGRO COMP/S shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BRASILAGRO COMP/S and General Agriculture’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BRASILAGRO COMP/S $119.63 million 1.84 $38.10 million N/A N/A
General Agriculture $27.42 million 2.21 $14.21 million N/A N/A

BRASILAGRO COMP/S has higher revenue and earnings than General Agriculture.

Risk and Volatility

BRASILAGRO COMP/S has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Agriculture has a beta of -0.29, suggesting that its share price is 129% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for BRASILAGRO COMP/S and General Agriculture, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BRASILAGRO COMP/S 0 0 0 0 N/A
General Agriculture 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

BRASILAGRO COMP/S pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. General Agriculture does not pay a dividend. BRASILAGRO COMP/S has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares BRASILAGRO COMP/S and General Agriculture’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BRASILAGRO COMP/S 52.85% 27.38% 19.21%
General Agriculture N/A N/A N/A

Summary

BRASILAGRO COMP/S beats General Agriculture on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About BRASILAGRO COMP/S

BrasilAgro – Companhia Brasileira de Propriedades Agrícolas engages in the acquisition, development, operation, and sale of rural properties suitable for agricultural activities in Brazil. The company operates through five segments: Real Estate, Grains, Sugarcane, Cattle Raising, and Other. It is involved in the cultivation of soybean, corn, sorghum, and cotton, as well as sugarcane; and production and sale of beef calves after weaning. The company has 10 farms in 6 Brazilian states and 1 joint-venture farm in Paraguay with a total area of 198,158 hectares of own lands and 26,763 hectares of leased lands. It also imports and exports agricultural products and inputs; purchases, sells, and/or rents properties, land, buildings, and real estate in rural and/or urban areas; provides real estate brokerage services; and manages third-party assets. The company was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

About General Agriculture

General Agriculture Corporation (GELT) is a producer of Gannan navel oranges in China. The Company is primarily engaged in planting, preserving, packaging and marketing navel oranges for distribution and sale throughout the People’s Republic of China. The Company’s land planting area totaled to 5,152 acres at September 30, 2016. Its own orchards land planting area totaled to 1,652 acres at September 30, 2016. Its leased orchards land planting area totaled to 3,500 acres at September 30, 2016. As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s products were sold through distributors in approximately 11 provinces of China, including Jiangxi, Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Guangxi, Shandong, Guangdong, Anhui, Helongjiang, Inner Mongolia and Jiangsu. The Company is a producer of Gannan navel oranges in China, with operations that include the planting, growing, harvesting, post-harvest processing and temperature-controlled preservation and storage of its navel oranges.

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