Nutrien (NYSE:NTR) and China Agri-Business (OTCMKTS:CHBU) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nutrien and China Agri-Business’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nutrien $20.02 billion 1.15 $992.00 million $2.17 18.63
China Agri-Business N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Nutrien has higher revenue and earnings than China Agri-Business.

Profitability

This table compares Nutrien and China Agri-Business’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nutrien 4.08% 4.26% 2.03%
China Agri-Business N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Nutrien and China Agri-Business, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nutrien 0 7 15 1 2.74
China Agri-Business 0 0 0 0 N/A

Nutrien currently has a consensus price target of $49.20, suggesting a potential upside of 21.69%. Given Nutrien’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Nutrien is more favorable than China Agri-Business.

Volatility & Risk

Nutrien has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Agri-Business has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.2% of Nutrien shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Nutrien shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Nutrien beats China Agri-Business on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nutrien

Nutrien Ltd. produces and markets crop nutrients to agricultural, industrial, and feed customers worldwide. It operates in four segments: Retail, Potash, Nitrogen, and Phosphate and Sulfate. The company offers potash, nitrogen, phosphate, and sulfate products. It also distributes crop nutrients, crop protection products, seeds, and merchandise products through operating 1,700 retail locations. The company was incorporated in 2017 and is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada.

About China Agri-Business

China Agri-Business, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of non-toxic fertilizer, bactericide, and fungicide products used for farming in the People's Republic of China. The company offers organic biochemical agricultural application products, including Xinsheng Luyuan, a line of fertilizer products whose primary function is to increase agricultural production; Xinsheng Lufeng, a line of organic soil amendment products that acts as a bactericide; and Xinsheng Huang-jin-gai, a line of amino acid fertilizer products designed to help crops absorb calcium and to enhance their quality. It also provides Xinsheng Jia-tian-xia, a line of humic acid fertilizer products designed to enhance the quality of crops; and Xinsheng Bai-le, a line of amino acid fertilizer products designed to provide supplementary micro-nutrients to crops, and to help crops grow with balanced nutrition. In addition, the company manufactures other agrochemical products, including diafenthiuron, prochloraz, and seed coating agents and preparations. China Agri-Business, Inc. sells its products primarily through wholesale and retail distributors. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Xian, the People's Republic of China.

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