Critical Survey: Aquabounty Technologies (AQB) and Sino Agro Food (SIAF)

Aquabounty Technologies (NASDAQ:AQB) and Sino Agro Food (OTCMKTS:SIAF) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Aquabounty Technologies has a beta of -0.68, indicating that its share price is 168% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sino Agro Food has a beta of -1.19, indicating that its share price is 219% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Aquabounty Technologies and Sino Agro Food’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aquabounty Technologies N/A -47.25% -38.80%
Sino Agro Food -11.74% 3.46% 3.12%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Aquabounty Technologies and Sino Agro Food, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aquabounty Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Sino Agro Food 0 0 0 0 N/A

Aquabounty Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 58.73%. Given Aquabounty Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Aquabounty Technologies is more favorable than Sino Agro Food.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Aquabounty Technologies and Sino Agro Food’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aquabounty Technologies $53.28 million 0.71 -$9.25 million ($1.06) -2.38
Sino Agro Food $198.17 million 0.06 -$13.10 million N/A N/A

Aquabounty Technologies has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Sino Agro Food.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

53.8% of Aquabounty Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Sino Agro Food shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Aquabounty Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.9% of Sino Agro Food shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Aquabounty Technologies beats Sino Agro Food on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aquabounty Technologies Company Profile

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., a biotechnology company, develops and markets products to enhance productivity in aquaculture. It offers AquAdvantage Salmon, a genetically modified Atlantic salmon for human consumption. The company was formerly known as Aqua Bounty Farms, Inc. and changed its name to AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. in June 2004. AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts. AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. is a subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation.

Sino Agro Food Company Profile

Sino Agro Food, Inc. operates as an agriculture technology and natural food holding company in the People Republic of China. The company engages in growing and selling fishes, eels, and prawns; manufacturing and selling organic fertilizers, and bulk and concentrated livestock feed; and rearing and selling whole beef cattle and packaged beef meat. It is also involved in growing and selling Hylocereus Undatus (HU) flowers; and drying, value added processing, and selling HU flower products. In addition, the company engages in the sheep cultivation activities; development of restaurants; plantation of crops and pastures; and distribution of imported meat and seafood. Further, it operates as an engineering and consulting company that builds and operates agriculture and aquaculture farms. The company was formerly known as A Power Agro Agriculture Development, Inc. and changed its name to Sino Agro Food, Inc. in December 2007. Sino Agro Food, Inc. is headquartered in Guangzhou, the People's Republic of China.

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