China Green Agriculture (NYSE:CGA) and Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for China Green Agriculture and Mosaic, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
||Strong Buy Ratings
|China Green Agriculture
Mosaic has a consensus price target of $35.69, indicating a potential upside of 6.48%. Given Mosaic’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Mosaic is more favorable than China Green Agriculture.
Risk & Volatility
China Green Agriculture has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mosaic has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its share price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
4.1% of China Green Agriculture shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.7% of Mosaic shares are held by institutional investors. 30.3% of China Green Agriculture shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Mosaic shares are held by company 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.
Mosaic pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. China Green Agriculture does not pay a dividend. Mosaic pays out 9.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This table compares China Green Agriculture and Mosaic’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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||Return on Assets
|China Green Agriculture
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares China Green Agriculture and Mosaic’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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|China Green Agriculture
China Green Agriculture has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Mosaic.
Mosaic beats China Green Agriculture on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About China Green Agriculture
China Green Agriculture, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, production, and sale of various types of fertilizers and agricultural products. The company operates in three segments: Jinong, Gufeng, and Yuxing. Its fertilizer products include humic acid-based compound fertilizers, compound fertilizers, blended fertilizers, organic compound fertilizers, slow-release fertilizers, water-soluble fertilizers, and mixed organic-inorganic compound fertilizers. The company markets its fertilizer products to private wholesalers and retailers of agricultural farm products. It also develops, produces, and sells fruits, vegetables, flowers, and colored seedlings. The company sells its decorative flowers to end-users, such as flower shops, luxury hotels, and government agencies; fruits and vegetables to supermarkets and upscale restaurants; and seedlings to city planning departments. As of June 30, 2017, it operated a network of 1,947 regional distributors covering 22 provinces, 4 autonomous regions, and 4 central government-controlled municipalities in China. The company also exports its products through contracted distributors to India and Africa. China Green Agriculture, Inc. is based in Xi'an, the People's Republic of China.
The Mosaic Company, through its subsidiaries, produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Phosphates, Potash, and International Distribution. It owns and operates mines, which produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients, such as diammonium phosphate, monoammonium phosphate, and ammoniated phosphate products; and phosphate-based animal feed ingredients primarily under the Biofos and Nexfos brand names. The company also produces and sells potash for use in the manufacturing of mixed crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients, and for industrial use; and for use in the de-icing and as a water softener regenerant, as well as fluorosilicic acid for water fluoridation. In addition, it provides nitrogen-based crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients, and other ancillary services; and purchases and sells phosphates, potash, and nitrogen products. The company sells its products to wholesale distributors, retail chains, cooperatives, independent retailers, and national accounts. The Mosaic Company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota.
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