Analyzing AgroFresh Solutions (AGFS) and China Cord Blood (CO)

AgroFresh Solutions (NASDAQ: AGFS) and China Cord Blood (NYSE:CO) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

AgroFresh Solutions has a beta of 0.81, suggesting that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Cord Blood has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for AgroFresh Solutions and China Cord Blood, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AgroFresh Solutions 0 1 0 0 2.00
China Cord Blood 0 0 0 0 N/A

AgroFresh Solutions presently has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.83%. Given AgroFresh Solutions’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe AgroFresh Solutions is more favorable than China Cord Blood.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

71.7% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.1% of China Cord Blood shares are held by institutional investors. 15.2% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares AgroFresh Solutions and China Cord Blood’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AgroFresh Solutions 13.28% -0.37% -0.15%
China Cord Blood 27.05% 9.05% 4.49%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AgroFresh Solutions and China Cord Blood’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AgroFresh Solutions $164.03 million 2.18 $23.47 million N/A N/A
China Cord Blood $110.41 million 10.37 $18.33 million N/A N/A

AgroFresh Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than China Cord Blood.

About AgroFresh Solutions

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. provides data-driven specialty solutions worldwide. The company uses 1-Methylcyclopropene technology, an ethylene action inhibitor to maintain freshness and extend the shelf life of various fresh produce. Its solutions enable growers and packers of fresh produce to preserve and enhance the freshness, quality, and value of fresh produce, including apples, pears, kiwifruit, avocados, and bananas, as well as flowers. The company's flagship product is the SmartFresh Quality System that regulates the post-harvest ripening effects of ethylene to preserve the texture, firmness, taste, and appearance of produce during storage, transportation, and retail display. It also provides Harvista technology for use in pre-harvest management of pome fruit, such as apples and pears. In addition, the company is developing AdvanStore technology for monitoring fresh fruits while in storage; RipeLock Quality System, a proprietary technology that extends the shelf life of bananas; and LandSpring, a proprietary technology that minimizes stress induced ethylene effects in vegetable seedling transplants allowing for post-transplant vigor. The company was formerly known as Boulevard Acquisition Corp. and changed its name to AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. in July 2015. AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About China Cord Blood

Global Cord Blood Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides umbilical cord blood storage and ancillary services in the People's Republic of China. The company offers cord blood testing, processing, and storage services under the direction of subscribers; and tests, processes, and stores donated cord blood, as well as provides matching services. As of March 31, 2017, it had three operating cord blood banks in the Beijing municipality, the Guangdong province, and the Zhejiang province. The company was formerly known as China Cord Blood Corporation and changed its name to Global Cord Blood Corporation in March 2018. Global Cord Blood Corporation is based in Central, Hong Kong. As of January 31, 2018, Global Cord Blood Corporation operates as a subsidiary of Nanjing Ying Peng Hui Kang Medical Industry Investment Partnership (Limited Partnership).

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