Critical Contrast: AgroFresh Solutions (AGFS) vs. Its Rivals

AgroFresh Solutions (NASDAQ: AGFS) is one of 184 publicly-traded companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare AgroFresh Solutions to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares AgroFresh Solutions and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AgroFresh Solutions -42.54% 0.19% 0.07%
AgroFresh Solutions Competitors -20.39% -253.63% -4.30%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.6% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.2% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AgroFresh Solutions and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AgroFresh Solutions $159.67 million -$111.56 million -5.04
AgroFresh Solutions Competitors $2.79 billion $290.02 million 323.41

AgroFresh Solutions’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than AgroFresh Solutions. AgroFresh Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for AgroFresh Solutions and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AgroFresh Solutions 0 1 0 0 2.00
AgroFresh Solutions Competitors 744 4662 7413 172 2.54

AgroFresh Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 13.31%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential downside of 5.53%. Given AgroFresh Solutions’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe AgroFresh Solutions is more favorable than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

AgroFresh Solutions has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AgroFresh Solutions’ peers have a beta of 1.12, meaning that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

AgroFresh Solutions peers beat AgroFresh Solutions on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About AgroFresh Solutions

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., formerly Boulevard Acquisition Corp., is a developer of agricultural technologies that preserve the freshness and value of fresh produce, including apples, pears, kiwifruit, avocados and bananas, as well as flowers. The Company’s principal product, The SmartFresh Quality System (SmartFresh), regulates the post-harvest ripening effects of ethylene, the naturally occurring plant hormone that triggers ripening in certain fruits and vegetables, through technology. SmartFresh is naturally biodegradable and leaves no detectable residue, which has significant consumer appeal. SmartFresh allows growers and packers to deliver just harvested freshness on a year-round basis. An integral part of the SmartFresh sales process is the AgroFresh Whole Product offering, which is a direct service model that provides customers with on-site applications of SmartFresh at their storage facilities combined with advisory services. The Company operates in approximately 40 countries.

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