Head to Head Analysis: Green Plains Partners (GPP) & Aemetis (AMTX)

Green Plains Partners (NASDAQ: GPP) and Aemetis (NASDAQ:AMTX) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Green Plains Partners and Aemetis, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Green Plains Partners 1 1 2 0 2.25
Aemetis 0 2 1 0 2.33

Green Plains Partners currently has a consensus price target of $18.75, suggesting a potential upside of 7.14%. Aemetis has a consensus price target of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 34.23%. Given Aemetis’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Aemetis is more favorable than Green Plains Partners.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.1% of Green Plains Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.8% of Aemetis shares are held by institutional investors. 24.2% of Aemetis shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Green Plains Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.90 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.9%. Aemetis does not pay a dividend. Green Plains Partners pays out 105.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk and Volatility

Green Plains Partners has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aemetis has a beta of -0.7, meaning that its share price is 170% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Green Plains Partners and Aemetis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Green Plains Partners 54.20% -89.44% 61.48%
Aemetis -19.90% N/A -32.81%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Green Plains Partners and Aemetis’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Green Plains Partners $106.99 million 5.20 $58.86 million $1.81 9.67
Aemetis $150.15 million 0.20 -$30.30 million N/A N/A

Green Plains Partners has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Aemetis.

Summary

Green Plains Partners beats Aemetis on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Green Plains Partners Company Profile

Green Plains Partners LP provides fuel storage and transportation services. It acquires, owns, develops, and operates ethanol and fuel storage tanks, terminals, transportation assets, and other related assets and businesses. The company owns or leases 39 ethanol storage facilities and approximately 61 acres of land. Green Plains Holdings LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Green Plains Partners LP is a subsidiary of Green Plains Inc.

Aemetis Company Profile

Aemetis, Inc. operates as a renewable fuels and bio-chemicals company in North America and India. The company focuses on the acquisition, development, and commercialization of various technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by the conversion of ethanol and biodiesel plants into advanced bio refineries. It owns and operates an ethanol plant in the California Central Valley near Modesto; and a biodiesel plant in Kakinada, India. The company sells biodiesel and refined glycerin to resellers, distributors, and refiners through its sales force and independent sales agents, as well as to brokers who resell the product to end-users. It also produces ethanol; and wet distiller's grains, distiller's corn oil, and condensed distillers soluble or corn syrup products to dairies and feedlots as animal feed. The company was formerly known as AE Biofuels, Inc. and changed its name to Aemetis, Inc. in November 2011. Aemetis, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

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