Syngenta (NYSE: SYT) and Ciner Resources (NYSE:CINR) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Ciner Resources pays an annual dividend of $2.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.8%. Syngenta does not pay a dividend. Ciner Resources pays out 119.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Syngenta and Ciner Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Syngenta N/A N/A N/A
Ciner Resources 7.77% 15.13% 8.95%

Risk and Volatility

Syngenta has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ciner Resources has a beta of 1, indicating that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Syngenta and Ciner Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Syngenta 0 1 0 0 2.00
Ciner Resources 0 2 2 0 2.50

Syngenta presently has a consensus price target of $91.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.05%. Ciner Resources has a consensus price target of $25.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.91%. Given Syngenta’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Syngenta is more favorable than Ciner Resources.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Syngenta and Ciner Resources’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Syngenta $12.79 billion 3.36 $1.18 billion $2.26 41.11
Ciner Resources $475.20 million 1.07 $41.40 million $1.90 13.55

Syngenta has higher revenue and earnings than Ciner Resources. Ciner Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Syngenta, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.2% of Syngenta shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.0% of Ciner Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Ciner Resources beats Syngenta on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Syngenta

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 Ciner Resources

Ciner Resources LP, through its subsidiary, Ciner Wyoming LLC (Ciner Wyoming), produces soda ash and serves a global market from its facility in the Green River Basin of Wyoming. The Company processes trona ore into soda ash, a raw material in flat glass, container glass, detergents, chemicals, paper and other consumer and industrial products. As of December 31, 2016, its Green River Basin surface operations were situated on approximately 880 acres in Wyoming, and the Company’s mining operations included approximately 23,500 acres of leased and licensed subsurface mining area. The Company’s mining leases and license are located in two mining beds, designated by the United States Geological Survey as beds 24 and 25, at depths of 800 to 1100 feet, respectively, below the surface. The Company uses a continuous mining technique to mine trona and roof bolt the ceiling simultaneously. The Company’s soda ash is shipped by rail or truck from its Green River Basin operations.

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