Analyzing Israel Chemicals (ICL) & Bion Environmental Technologies (BNET)

Bion Environmental Technologies (OTCMKTS:BNET) and Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Israel Chemicals pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Bion Environmental Technologies does not pay a dividend. Israel Chemicals pays out 32.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Bion Environmental Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.1% of Israel Chemicals shares are held by institutional investors. 12.7% of Bion Environmental Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Bion Environmental Technologies and Israel Chemicals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bion Environmental Technologies N/A N/A -10,941.82%
Israel Chemicals 23.84% 13.67% 5.55%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Bion Environmental Technologies and Israel Chemicals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bion Environmental Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Israel Chemicals 0 2 1 0 2.33

Israel Chemicals has a consensus target price of $5.91, suggesting a potential downside of 8.80%. Given Israel Chemicals’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Israel Chemicals is more favorable than Bion Environmental Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

Bion Environmental Technologies has a beta of -1.02, suggesting that its stock price is 202% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Israel Chemicals has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bion Environmental Technologies and Israel Chemicals’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bion Environmental Technologies N/A N/A -$3.01 million N/A N/A
Israel Chemicals $5.42 billion 1.56 $364.00 million $0.31 20.90

Israel Chemicals has higher revenue and earnings than Bion Environmental Technologies.

Summary

Israel Chemicals beats Bion Environmental Technologies on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bion Environmental Technologies Company Profile

Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. develops patented and proprietary technology that provides environmental solution to a source of pollution in agriculture and confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in the United States and internationally. Its technology produces the reductions of nutrient releases to water and air, including ammonia from livestock waste streams. The company focuses on the installation of its systems to retrofit and environmentally remediate existing CAFOs; develop waste treatment facilities; and licensing and/or joint venturing of its technology and applications. Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in Crestone, Colorado.

Israel Chemicals Company Profile

Israel Chemicals Ltd. operates as a specialty minerals company worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Essential Minerals and Specialty Solutions. The company extracts potash from the Dead Sea; mines and produces potash, salt, and Polysulphate; and produces, markets, and sells pure magnesium and magnesium alloys, as well as produces dry carnallite and related by-products, including chlorine and sylvinite. It also mines and processes phosphate rock; produces sulphuric acid, fertilizer-grade phosphoric acid, and phosphate fertilizers; manufactures phosphate-based food additives for livestock; and produces water soluble specialty fertilizers, liquid and soluble fertilizers, and controlled-release fertilizers. In addition, the company produces bromine and bromine-based compounds; various grades of potassium chloride, salt, magnesium chloride, and magnesia products; and phosphorous-based flame retardants and additional phosphorus-based products. Further, it develops, produces, markets, and sells a range of acids and specialty phosphates for various applications in metal and water treatment, paint and coating, cleaning material, oral hygiene, carbonated drinks, and asphalt modification industries; develops and produces functional food ingredients and phosphate additives, which provide texture and stability solutions for the processed meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, beverage, and baked goods markets; and produces milk and whey proteins for the food ingredients industry, as well as provides blended and integrated solutions based on dairy proteins and phosphate additives. The company sells its products through marketing companies, agents, and distributors. Israel Chemicals Ltd. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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