The Andersons (ANDE) versus Cosan (CZZ) Financial Survey

The Andersons (NASDAQ: ANDE) and Cosan (NYSE:CZZ) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for The Andersons and Cosan, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Andersons 0 3 0 0 2.00
Cosan 0 2 1 0 2.33

The Andersons presently has a consensus price target of $34.50, indicating a potential upside of 6.32%. Cosan has a consensus price target of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.82%. Given Cosan’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cosan is more favorable than The Andersons.

Dividends

The Andersons pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Cosan pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. The Andersons pays out 45.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cosan has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.5% of The Andersons shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.5% of Cosan shares are held by institutional investors. 6.3% of The Andersons shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares The Andersons and Cosan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Andersons 1.12% 4.83% 1.83%
Cosan 4.03% 5.68% 1.73%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares The Andersons and Cosan’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Andersons $3.69 billion 0.25 $42.51 million $1.46 22.23
Cosan $4.25 billion 0.67 $172.57 million N/A N/A

Cosan has higher revenue and earnings than The Andersons.

Volatility & Risk

The Andersons has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cosan has a beta of 2.31, meaning that its stock price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cosan beats The Andersons on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

The Andersons Company Profile

The Andersons, Inc., an agriculture company, operates in the grain, ethanol, plant nutrient, and rail sectors in the United States and internationally. The company's Grain segment operates grain elevators; stores grains; and provides grain marketing, risk management, and corn origination services to its customers and affiliated ethanol facilities. Its Ethanol segment purchases and sells ethanol; and offers facility operations, risk management, and ethanol and corn oil marketing services to the ethanol plants it invests in and operates. The company's Rail segment leases, sells, and repairs various types of railcars, locomotives, and barges; provides fleet management services to private railcar owners; and offers metal fabrication services. Its Plant Nutrient segment manufactures, distributes, and retails agricultural and related plant nutrients, corncob-based products, and pelleted lime and gypsum products; and crop nutrients, crop protection chemicals, and seed products, as well as provides application and agronomic services to commercial and family farmers. This segment also offers warehousing, packaging, and manufacturing services to nutrient producers and other distributors; and manufactures and distributes nitrogen reagents for air pollution control systems that are used in coal-fired power plants, and water treatment and dust abatement products. In addition, this segment produces professional turf care products for golf course and turf care markets; and fertilizer and control products, as well as provides contract manufacturing of fertilizer and control products. The Andersons, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is based in Maumee, Ohio.

Cosan Company Profile

Cosan Limited (Cosan) is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Raizen Energia, Raizen Combustiveis, COMGAS, Cosan Logistica, Lubricants and Other business. The Company’s other business include other investments, in addition to the corporate activities. The Company offers Logistics services, including transportation, port loading and storage of sugar, leasing or lending of locomotives, wagons and other railway equipment, through its subsidiaries Rumo Logistica Operadora Multimodal S.A. (Rumo), logistic segment (Logistic). The Company is also engaged in production and distribution of lubricants, through its indirect subsidiaries Cosan Lubrificantes e Especialidades S.A. (Moove) and Comma Oil & Chemicals Ltd. (Comma), under the Mobil licensed trademark in Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay, in addition to the European and Asian market using the Comma brand and corporate activities (Lubricants).

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