Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE) and Landstar (OTCMKTS:LDSR) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Green Plains and Landstar’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Green Plains||$3.86 billion||0.15||$15.92 million||($2.17)||-7.06|
Green Plains has higher revenue and earnings than Landstar.
Risk and Volatility
Green Plains has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Landstar has a beta of -10.88, meaning that its stock price is 1,188% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Green Plains and Landstar, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Green Plains presently has a consensus price target of $15.67, indicating a potential upside of 2.20%. Given Green Plains’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Green Plains is more favorable than Landstar.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
97.2% of Green Plains shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Green Plains shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.5% of Landstar shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Green Plains and Landstar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Green Plains beats Landstar on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Green Plains
Green Plains Inc. produces, markets, and distributes ethanol in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Ethanol Production; Agribusiness and Energy Services; Food and Ingredients; and Partnership. The Ethanol Production segment produces and sells ethanol, distiller grains, and corn oil. The Agribusiness and Energy Services segment engages in the grain procurement, handling, and storage activities; and commodity marketing business, which purchases, markets, sells, and distributes ethanol, distiller grains, and corn oil, as well as crude oil, grain, natural gas, and other commodities in various markets. This segment also provides grain drying and storage services to grain producers. The Food and Ingredients segment purchases and sells feeder cattle to beef processors; and produces and sells white distilled vinegar and various specialty vinegars, such as balsamic, red wine, white wine, cider, and other varietals primarily to the food industry participants, including branded food companies, private label food manufacturers, and companies serving the foodservice channel. This segment also produces, trades in, and sells corn and soybean oil. The Partnership segment offers fuel storage and transportation services. As of December 31, 2018, this segment operated through 32 ethanol storage facilities; 7 fuel terminal facilities; and a fleet of approximately 2,840 leased railcars. The company was formerly known as Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. and changed its name to Green Plains Inc. in May 2014. Green Plains Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.
LandStar, Inc. a technology company, develops and acquires various cyber-security products and services. Its products and services are central to cyber data security, GDPR, compliance, and governance capabilities. LandStar, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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