Analyzing China Green Agriculture (CGA) and Evogene (EVGN)

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China Green Agriculture (NYSE:CGA) and Evogene (NASDAQ:EVGN) 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 dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for China Green Agriculture and Evogene, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Green Agriculture 0 0 0 0 N/A
Evogene 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares China Green Agriculture and Evogene’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Green Agriculture -1.06% -0.73% -0.62%
Evogene -1,147.40% -33.97% -30.11%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares China Green Agriculture and Evogene’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Green Agriculture $287.05 million 0.09 -$6.93 million N/A N/A
Evogene $3.38 million 18.36 -$20.83 million N/A N/A

China Green Agriculture has higher revenue and earnings than Evogene.

Risk and Volatility

China Green Agriculture has a beta of 1.42, suggesting that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Evogene has a beta of 0.81, suggesting that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.1% of China Green Agriculture shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.3% of Evogene shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.3% of China Green Agriculture shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

China Green Agriculture beats Evogene on 7 of the 9 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.

About Evogene

Evogene Ltd., a biotechnology company, focuses on the enhancement of crop productivity and performance in the United States, Germany, and internationally. It operates through three segments: Evogene, Evofuel, and Biomica. The Evogene segment develops seed traits, ag-chemical products, and ag-biological products to enhance plant performance. This segment develops seed traits enhancing plant yield and tolerance to abiotic stresses, such as enhanced tolerance to drought, heat, and salinity, as well as seed traits for enhancing plant resistance to biotic stresses, including resistance to diseases, pests, and insects; novel herbicides; and bio-stimulants and bio-pesticides comprising microbial-based products that are applied externally to the plant for yield enhancement. Its products focus on various crops, such as corn, soybean, wheat, rice, and cotton. The Evofuel segment develops enhanced species of the castor bean plant to serve as a source of feedstock for biofuel and other industrial uses. The Biomica segment discovers and develops human microbiome-based therapeutics for the treatment of immune-mediated and infectious diseases. The company has strategic collaborations with various agricultural companies, including BASF, Bayer, DuPont, Monsanto, Dow Chemical, Syngenta, and Insolo Agroindustrial S.A. Evogene Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Rehovot, Israel.

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