Head-To-Head Survey: Bion Environmental Technologies (BNET) & Marrone Bio Innovations (MBII)

Bion Environmental Technologies (OTCMKTS:BNET) and Marrone Bio Innovations (NASDAQ:MBII) 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, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Bion Environmental Technologies and Marrone Bio Innovations, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bion Environmental Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Marrone Bio Innovations 0 1 1 0 2.50

Marrone Bio Innovations has a consensus target price of $2.28, suggesting a potential upside of 49.67%. Given Marrone Bio Innovations’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Marrone Bio Innovations is more favorable than Bion Environmental Technologies.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.1% of Bion Environmental Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.5% of Marrone Bio Innovations shares are held by institutional investors. 12.7% of Bion Environmental Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of Marrone Bio Innovations shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bion Environmental Technologies and Marrone Bio Innovations’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bion Environmental Technologies N/A N/A -$3.01 million N/A N/A
Marrone Bio Innovations $18.17 million 9.26 -$30.92 million ($1.07) -1.42

Bion Environmental Technologies has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Marrone Bio Innovations.

Volatility & Risk

Bion Environmental Technologies has a beta of -1.02, indicating that its share price is 202% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marrone Bio Innovations has a beta of -0.29, indicating that its share price is 129% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Bion Environmental Technologies and Marrone Bio Innovations’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bion Environmental Technologies N/A N/A -4,902.86%
Marrone Bio Innovations -105.87% -2,570.84% -41.81%

Summary

Marrone Bio Innovations beats Bion Environmental Technologies on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bion Environmental Technologies Company Profile

Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. develops patented and proprietary technology that provides environmental solution to a source of pollution in agriculture and confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in the United States and internationally. Its technology produces the reductions of nutrient releases to water and air, including ammonia from livestock waste streams. The company focuses on the installation of its systems to retrofit and environmentally remediate existing CAFOs; develop waste treatment facilities; and licensing and/or joint venturing of its technology and applications. Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in Crestone, Colorado.

Marrone Bio Innovations Company Profile

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. provides bio-based pest management and plant health products primarily for agricultural and water markets in the United States and internationally. It offers herbicides; fungicides; nematicides; insecticides; algaecides for algae control; molluscicides for mussel and snail control; plant growth and stress regulators; and water treatment products for various applications, such as hydroelectric and thermoelectric power generation, industrial applications, drinking water, aquaculture, irrigation, and recreation. The company's products include Regalia, a plant extract-based fungicidal biopesticide for plant disease control and plant health; and Grandevo, a bioinsecticide for insect and mite control to the growers of specialty crops, such as grapes, citrus, tomatoes, vegetables, nuts, leafy greens, and ornamental plants. It also provides Zequanox, a biomolluscicide that controls invasive mussels, which cause infrastructure and ecological damage primarily to power and industrial companies; and Venerate, a bioinsecticide, which controls chewing and sucking insects and mites, as well as flies and plant parasitic nematodes. In addition, the company offers Haven, an sun protectant product that reduces plant stress and dehydration; and Majestene and Zelto, a bionematicide to control soil-dwelling nematodes by preventing and reducing root galls, as well as reducing adult reproduction and egg hatch. Further, it provides Stargus and Amplitude, a biofungicide for improving plant health. Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. provides its products directly through sales force, as well as through distributors. The company formerly known as Marrone Organic Innovations, Inc. Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Davis, California.

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