Evogene (EVGN) and Terra Nitrogen (TNH) Financial Contrast

Terra Nitrogen (NYSE: TNH) and Evogene (NASDAQ:EVGN) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Terra Nitrogen and Evogene’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Terra Nitrogen 38.75% 41.57% 38.41%
Evogene -616.33% -27.15% -24.51%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

3.5% of Terra Nitrogen shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.7% of Evogene shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Terra Nitrogen shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Terra Nitrogen and Evogene, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Terra Nitrogen 0 0 0 0 N/A
Evogene 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk and Volatility

Terra Nitrogen has a beta of -0.03, suggesting that its share price is 103% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Evogene has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Terra Nitrogen pays an annual dividend of $8.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.7%. Evogene does not pay a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Terra Nitrogen and Evogene’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Terra Nitrogen $397.20 million 3.91 $153.90 million N/A N/A
Evogene $3.38 million 21.86 -$20.83 million ($0.81) -3.54

Terra Nitrogen has higher revenue and earnings than Evogene.

Summary

Terra Nitrogen beats Evogene on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Terra Nitrogen Company Profile

Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. (TNCLP) is a limited partnership that produces nitrogen fertilizer products. The Company’s principal products are anhydrous ammonia (ammonia) and urea ammonium nitrate solutions (UAN), which it manufactures at its facility in Verdigris, Oklahoma. Its nitrogen products are used primarily by farmers. For the year ended December 31, 2016, it had sold 2.2 million tons of nitrogen fertilizers. The Company has production facility, in Verdigris, Oklahoma. As of December 31, 2016, it had two ammonia plants, two nitric acid plants and two UAN plants. The Company conducts its operations through an operating partnership, Terra Nitrogen, Limited Partnership (TNLP). Terra Nitrogen GP Inc. is the general partner of both TNCLP and TNLP and owns a 0.025% general partner interest in each of TNCLP and TNLP. The General Partner is an indirect subsidiary of CF Industries Holdings, Inc., which is engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of nitrogen products.

Evogene Company Profile

Evogene Ltd., a biotechnology company, focuses on the enhancement of crop productivity and performance in the United States and Germany. It operates through two segments, Evogene and Evofuel. The Evogene segment develops seed traits, ag-chemical products, and ag-biological products to enhance plant performance. This segment develops seed traits enhancing plant yield and tolerance to abiotic stresses, such as enhanced tolerance to drought, heat, and salinity, as well as seed traits for enhancing plant resistance to biotic stresses, including resistance to diseases, pests, and insects; novel herbicides; and bio-stimulants, which include microbial-based products that are applied externally to the plant for yield enhancement. Its products focus on various crops, such as corn, soybean, wheat, rice, and cotton. The Evofuel segment develops enhanced species of the castor bean plant to serve as a source of feedstock for biofuel and other industrial uses. The company has strategic collaborations with various agricultural companies, including BASF, Bayer, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta that cover 24 products in various stages of development. Evogene Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Rehovot, Israel.

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