Financial Review: Bion Environmental Technologies (BNET) versus American Vanguard (AVD)

American Vanguard (NYSE:AVD) and Bion Environmental Technologies (OTCMKTS:BNET) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares American Vanguard and Bion Environmental Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Vanguard 5.33% 7.48% 4.18%
Bion Environmental Technologies N/A N/A -4,706.21%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Vanguard $454.27 million 0.97 $24.19 million $0.81 18.35
Bion Environmental Technologies N/A N/A -$3.01 million N/A N/A

American Vanguard has higher revenue and earnings than Bion Environmental Technologies.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

77.4% of American Vanguard shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Bion Environmental Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of American Vanguard shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.7% of Bion Environmental Technologies shares are held by 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.

Volatility & Risk

American Vanguard has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bion Environmental Technologies has a beta of -0.58, suggesting that its stock price is 158% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

American Vanguard pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Bion Environmental Technologies does not pay a dividend. American Vanguard pays out 9.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. American Vanguard has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for American Vanguard and Bion Environmental Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Vanguard 0 0 1 0 3.00
Bion Environmental Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

American Vanguard presently has a consensus price target of $29.00, suggesting a potential upside of 95.15%. Given American Vanguard’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe American Vanguard is more favorable than Bion Environmental Technologies.

Summary

American Vanguard beats Bion Environmental Technologies on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

American Vanguard Company Profile

American Vanguard Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals for agricultural, commercial, and consumer uses in the United States and internationally. The company manufactures and formulates chemicals, including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, molluscicides, growth regulators, and soil fumigants in liquid, powder, and granular forms for crops, turf and ornamental plants, and human and animal health protection. It also markets and distributes end-use chemical and biological products for crop applications; distributes chemicals for greenhouse and nursery production markets; and offers formulations, such as PCNB, chlorothalonil, and propiconazole under the FFII and FFIII names. The company distributes its products through national distribution companies, and buying groups or co-operatives; and through sales offices, sales force executives, sales agents, and wholly owned distributors. American Vanguard Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

Bion Environmental Technologies Company Profile

Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. develops patented and proprietary technology that provides environmental solutions 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.

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