Syngenta AG (NYSE: SYT) and American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

7.4% of Syngenta AG shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.8% of American Vanguard Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of American Vanguard Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Syngenta AG and American Vanguard Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Syngenta AG 0 2 1 1 2.75
American Vanguard Corporation 0 1 1 1 3.00

Syngenta AG currently has a consensus target price of $91.60, indicating a potential downside of 0.43%. American Vanguard Corporation has a consensus target price of $19.50, indicating a potential downside of 2.01%. Given Syngenta AG’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Syngenta AG is more favorable than American Vanguard Corporation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Syngenta AG and American Vanguard Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Syngenta AG $12.62 billion 3.37 $2.54 billion N/A N/A
American Vanguard Corporation $318.49 million 1.86 $44.28 million $0.50 39.80

Syngenta AG has higher revenue and earnings than American Vanguard Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Syngenta AG and American Vanguard Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Syngenta AG N/A N/A N/A
American Vanguard Corporation 4.56% 5.10% 3.34%

Risk & Volatility

Syngenta AG has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Vanguard Corporation has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

American Vanguard Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Syngenta AG does not pay a dividend. American Vanguard Corporation pays out 12.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

American Vanguard Corporation beats Syngenta AG on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Syngenta AG

Syngenta AG (Syngenta) is an agribusiness company. The Company operates in the crop protection and seeds business, which is involved in the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of a range of products designed to improve crop yields and food quality, and in the lawn and garden business, which provides professional growers and consumers with flowers, turf and landscape, and professional pest management products. It operates in four geographic regions: Europe, Africa and Middle East; North America; Latin America, and Asia Pacific. It also operates the Crop Protection and Seeds businesses, and the global Lawn and Garden business. Syngenta has a range of selective herbicides that control grasses and broad-leaved weeds and are applicable to various crops. Syngenta has a range of Fungicides that prevent and cure fungal plant diseases. In addition, Syngenta has a range of biologicals into its portfolio in various countries, including the brands QUANTIS, ISABION and SAKALIA.

About American Vanguard Corporation

American Vanguard Corporation operates as a holding company. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, AMVAC Chemical Corporation (AMVAC), GemChem, Inc. (GemChem), 2110 Davie Corporation (DAVIE), Quimica Amvac de Mexico S.A. de C.V. (AMVAC M), AMVAC Mexico Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (AMVAC M Srl), AMVAC de Costa Rica Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (AMVAC CR Srl), AMVAC Switzerland GmbH (AMVAC S), AMVAC do Brasil Representacoes Ltda (AMVAC B), AMVAC C.V. (AMVAC CV), AMVAC Netherlands BV (AMVAC BV), Envance Technologies, LLC (Envance), AMVAC Singapore Pte, Ltd (AMVAC Sgpr) and Huifeng AMVAC Innovation Co. Limited (Hong Kong JV). AMVAC is a specialty chemical manufacturer that develops and markets products for agricultural, commercial and consumer uses. It manufactures and formulates chemicals, such as insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, molluscicides and soil fumigants for crops, turf and ornamental plants, and human and animal health protection.

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