Analyzing Evogene (EVGN) & Its Peers

Evogene (NASDAQ: EVGN) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Evogene to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

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Evogene has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Evogene’s peers have a beta of 0.46, meaning that their average stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Evogene and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Evogene -616.33% -27.15% -24.51%
Evogene Competitors -1,647.82% -18.02% -10.75%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Evogene and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Evogene $3.38 million -$20.83 million -3.52
Evogene Competitors $3.12 billion $271.73 million 0.23

Evogene’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Evogene. Evogene is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Evogene and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Evogene 0 0 0 0 N/A
Evogene Competitors 171 572 645 38 2.39

As a group, “Agricultural chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 18.44%. Given Evogene’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Evogene has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

35.5% of Evogene shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.0% of shares of all “Agricultural chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.7% of shares of all “Agricultural chemicals” companies are held by company insiders. 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.

Summary

Evogene peers beat Evogene on 7 of the 9 factors compared.

Evogene Company Profile

Evogene Ltd. (Evogene) is a biotechnology company for the improvement of crop productivity. The Company is engaged in developing seed traits for improved yield and abiotic stress tolerance, seed traits for biotic stress resistance, herbicides and bio-stimulants. The Company operates a seed business under its subsidiary Evofuel Ltd. (Evofuel). It operates through two segments. Its Evogene segment develops seed traits, ag-chemical products, and ag-biological products to improve plant performance. The Company’s Evofuel segment develops species of the castor bean plant for second generation feedstock for biofuel and other industrial uses. Its Crop Enhancement (CE) division is developing two types of products: CE seed traits, are seed traits having improved yield and abiotic stress tolerance, and ag-biologicals, which focuses on microbial-based bio-stimulants. The Company’s Crop Protection (CP) division is developing two types of products: CP seed traits and ag-chemicals.

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