AgroFresh Solutions (NASDAQ: AGFS) is one of 188 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare AgroFresh Solutions to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, dividends and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.6% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.2% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for AgroFresh Solutions and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AgroFresh Solutions 0 1 0 0 2.00
AgroFresh Solutions Competitors 735 4688 7466 171 2.54

AgroFresh Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.30%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 2.60%. Given AgroFresh Solutions’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe AgroFresh Solutions is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

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

Profitability

This table compares AgroFresh Solutions and its rivals’ 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 -20.56% -268.99% -4.65%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AgroFresh Solutions $159.67 million -$111.56 million -4.87
AgroFresh Solutions Competitors $2.79 billion $289.83 million 344.96

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

Summary

AgroFresh Solutions rivals 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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