Intrepid Potash (IPI) & Marrone Bio Innovations (MBII) Head-To-Head Review

Intrepid Potash (NYSE: IPI) and Marrone Bio Innovations (NASDAQ:MBII) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Intrepid Potash and Marrone Bio Innovations’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intrepid Potash $133.60 million 3.62 -$86,000.00 ($0.68) -5.79
Marrone Bio Innovations $16.95 million 1.94 -$21.12 million ($1.17) -0.90

Intrepid Potash has higher revenue and earnings than Marrone Bio Innovations. Intrepid Potash is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Marrone Bio Innovations, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Intrepid Potash has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marrone Bio Innovations has a beta of 0.29, indicating that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.3% of Intrepid Potash shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.1% of Marrone Bio Innovations shares are owned by institutional investors. 27.3% of Intrepid Potash shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.3% of Marrone Bio Innovations shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Intrepid Potash and Marrone Bio Innovations’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intrepid Potash -30.56% -12.37% -8.86%
Marrone Bio Innovations -177.10% N/A -64.21%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Intrepid Potash and Marrone Bio Innovations, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intrepid Potash 0 1 0 0 2.00
Marrone Bio Innovations 0 2 1 0 2.33

Intrepid Potash currently has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential downside of 23.86%. Marrone Bio Innovations has a consensus target price of $2.50, indicating a potential upside of 138.10%. Given Marrone Bio Innovations’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Marrone Bio Innovations is more favorable than Intrepid Potash.

Summary

Intrepid Potash beats Marrone Bio Innovations on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Intrepid Potash Company Profile

Intrepid Potash, Inc. is a producer of muriate of potash (potassium chloride or potash) and langbeinite (sulfate of potash magnesia) in the United States, which it markets and sells as Trio. The Company operates in the extraction, production and sale of potassium-related products. Its products are potash and Trio. It sells potash into three markets, including the agricultural market as a fertilizer input; the industrial market as a component in drilling and fracturing fluids for oil and gas wells and an input to other industrial processes, and the animal feed market as a nutrient supplement. Trio, which it mines from langbeinite ore, is its specialty fertilizer that delivers potassium, sulfate and magnesium in a single particle and has low chloride. The Company also produces salt, magnesium chloride, metal recovery salts and brine containing salt and potassium from its mining processes. It produces potash from three solar evaporation solution mining facilities.

Marrone Bio Innovations Company Profile

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. offers bio-based pest management and plant health products. The Company’s bio-based products include naturally occurring microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi and plant extracts. It sells its products to crop protection market. Its four crop protection products include Regalia, Grandevo, Venerate and Majestene. Its products are used in both conventional and organic crop production, and are sold to growers of specialty crops, such as grapes, citrus, tomatoes, vegetables, nuts, leafy greens and ornamental plants. It offers Regalia for large-acre row crops, such as corn and soybeans. Its pipeline of early-stage discoveries and product candidates extends across a range of product types for end markets, including herbicides, fungicides, nematicides, insecticides, algaecides (for algae control), molluscicides (for mussel and snail control), and plant growth and plant stress regulators. It is engaged in developing MBI-010, MBI-110, Haven (MBI-505) and MBI-601.

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