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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CVR Partners and Bion Environmental Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CVR Partners $330.80 million 1.18 -$72.78 million ($0.64) -5.41
Bion Environmental Technologies N/A N/A -$3.01 million N/A N/A

Bion Environmental Technologies has lower revenue, but higher earnings than CVR Partners.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

34.5% of CVR Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Bion Environmental Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.7% of Bion Environmental Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

CVR Partners has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bion Environmental Technologies has a beta of -0.89, meaning that its share price is 189% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CVR Partners -22.96% -14.51% -6.22%
Bion Environmental Technologies N/A N/A -4,902.86%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for CVR Partners and Bion Environmental Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Summary

CVR Partners beats Bion Environmental Technologies on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CVR Partners

CVR Partners, LP produces, distributes, and markets nitrogen fertilizer products in the United States. It offers ammonia products for agricultural and industrial customers; and urea ammonium nitrate products to agricultural customers, as well as retailers and distributors. CVR GP, LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Sugar Land, Texas.

About Bion Environmental Technologies

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.

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