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

Profitability

This table compares China Green Agriculture and Bion Environmental Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Green Agriculture -1.06% -0.73% -0.62%
Bion Environmental Technologies N/A N/A -4,902.86%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for China Green Agriculture and Bion Environmental Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Green Agriculture 0 0 0 0 N/A
Bion Environmental Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares China Green Agriculture and Bion Environmental Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Green Agriculture $287.05 million 0.08 -$6.93 million N/A N/A
Bion Environmental Technologies N/A N/A -$3.01 million N/A N/A

Bion Environmental Technologies has lower revenue, but higher earnings than China Green Agriculture.

Risk & Volatility

China Green Agriculture has a beta of 1.82, suggesting that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bion Environmental Technologies has a beta of -0.54, suggesting that its share price is 154% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.2% of China Green Agriculture shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Bion Environmental Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 30.3% of China Green Agriculture shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.7% of Bion Environmental Technologies shares are held by 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.

Summary

China Green Agriculture beats Bion Environmental Technologies on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

China Green Agriculture Company Profile

China Green Agriculture, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, production, and sale of various types of fertilizers and agricultural products. The company operates in three segments: Jinong, Gufeng, and Yuxing. Its fertilizer products include humic acid-based compound fertilizers, compound fertilizers, blended fertilizers, organic compound fertilizers, slow-release fertilizers, highly-concentrated water-soluble fertilizers, and mixed organic-inorganic compound fertilizers. The company markets its fertilizer products to private wholesalers and retailers of agricultural farm products. It also develops, produces, and markets fruits, vegetables, flowers, and colored seedlings. The company sells its decorative flowers to end-users, such as flower shops, luxury hotels, and government agencies; fruits and vegetables to supermarkets and upscale restaurants; and seedlings to city planning departments. As of June 30, 2018, it operated a network of 1,959 regional distributors covering 22 provinces, 4 autonomous regions, and 4 central government-controlled municipalities in China. The company also exports its products through contracted distributors to India and Africa. China Green Agriculture, Inc. is based in Xi'an, the People's Republic of China.

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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