Syntel (NASDAQ: SYNT) and AgroFresh Solutions (NASDAQ:AGFS) are both technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.
Risk & Volatility
Syntel has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AgroFresh Solutions has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Syntel and AgroFresh Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Syntel presently has a consensus price target of $22.43, indicating a potential downside of 18.17%. AgroFresh Solutions has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential downside of 0.87%. Given AgroFresh Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AgroFresh Solutions is more favorable than Syntel.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
39.9% of Syntel shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.2% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 61.1% of Syntel shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.2% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Syntel and AgroFresh Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Syntel||$923.83 million||2.46||$166.26 million||$2.09||13.11|
|AgroFresh Solutions||$159.67 million||2.54||-$111.56 million||($1.38)||-5.85|
Syntel has higher revenue and earnings than AgroFresh Solutions. AgroFresh Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Syntel, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Syntel and AgroFresh Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Syntel beats AgroFresh Solutions on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Syntel, Inc. (Syntel) is a global provider of digital transformation, information technology (IT) and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) services. The Company operates through five segments: Banking and Financial Services, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Insurance, Manufacturing, and Retail, Logistics and Telecom. Syntel provides a range of services to its customers through its IT services, including Managed Services, Digital One and through its KPO services. Through its Managed Services offering, the Company provides software applications development, maintenance, testing, IT infrastructure, cloud and migration services. Through its SyntBots platform, the Company delivers internally developed automation capabilities that improve the productivity and quality of its Managed Services offerings. The Company’s Digital One service line centralizes the delivery of digital architecture, Web and mobile applications, user experience, Big Data, analytics, social and Internet of Things services.
About AgroFresh Solutions
AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., formerly Boulevard Acquisition Corp., is a developer of agricultural technologies that preserve the freshness and value of fresh produce, including apples, pears, kiwifruit, avocados and bananas, as well as flowers. The Company’s principal product, The SmartFresh Quality System (SmartFresh), regulates the post-harvest ripening effects of ethylene, the naturally occurring plant hormone that triggers ripening in certain fruits and vegetables, through technology. SmartFresh is naturally biodegradable and leaves no detectable residue, which has significant consumer appeal. SmartFresh allows growers and packers to deliver just harvested freshness on a year-round basis. An integral part of the SmartFresh sales process is the AgroFresh Whole Product offering, which is a direct service model that provides customers with on-site applications of SmartFresh at their storage facilities combined with advisory services. The Company operates in approximately 40 countries.
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