Reviewing Yara International ASA (YARIY) & Syngenta (SYT)

Yara International ASA (OTCMKTS: YARIY) and Syngenta (NYSE:SYT) are both large-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, profitability and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Yara International ASA and Syngenta, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Yara International ASA 0 3 3 1 2.71
Syngenta 0 0 0 0 N/A

Syngenta has a consensus target price of $0.00, indicating a potential downside of 100.00%.

Profitability

This table compares Yara International ASA and Syngenta’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Yara International ASA 4.19% 5.37% 3.35%
Syngenta N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Yara International ASA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Syngenta shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Yara International ASA and Syngenta’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Yara International ASA $11.36 billion 1.01 $478.16 million $1.74 24.21
Syngenta $12.79 billion 3.36 $1.18 billion N/A N/A

Syngenta has higher revenue and earnings than Yara International ASA.

Risk & Volatility

Yara International ASA has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Syngenta has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Yara International ASA pays an annual dividend of $0.99 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Syngenta does not pay a dividend. Yara International ASA pays out 56.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Yara International ASA beats Syngenta on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Yara International ASA

Yara International ASA is a Norway-based company that produces, distributes and sells nitrogen-based mineral fertilizers and related industrial products. The Company operates under the following segments: Crop Nutrition, Industrial and Production. The Crop Nutrition segment sells a portfolio of nitrogen-based fertilizers including ammonia, urea, urea ammonium nitrate (UAN), calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN), ammonium nitrate (AN), calcium nitrate (CN), and compound fertilizers (NPK). The Industrial segment sells urea, ammonia, phosphate, nitric acid, technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) and calcium nitrate (CN) for industrial applications within base chemicals, mining applications, animal nutrition, environmental solutions and industrial nitrates. The Production segment comprises Yara’s manufacturing plants producing ammonia, fertilizer and industrial products. The Company operates Agronomic Technology Corp as subsidiary.

About Syngenta

Syngenta AG (Syngenta) is an agribusiness company. The Company operates in the crop protection and seeds business, which is involved in the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of a range of products designed to improve crop yields and food quality, and in the lawn and garden business, which provides professional growers and consumers with flowers, turf and landscape, and professional pest management products. It operates in four geographic regions: Europe, Africa and Middle East; North America; Latin America, and Asia Pacific. It also operates the Crop Protection and Seeds businesses, and the global Lawn and Garden business. Syngenta has a range of selective herbicides that control grasses and broad-leaved weeds and are applicable to various crops. Syngenta has a range of Fungicides that prevent and cure fungal plant diseases. In addition, Syngenta has a range of biologicals into its portfolio in various countries, including the brands QUANTIS, ISABION and SAKALIA.

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