Critical Review: Golden Growers Coop (GGROU) & Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

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Golden Growers Coop (OTCMKTS:GGROU) and Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) are both consumer defensive companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.0% of Archer Daniels Midland shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Archer Daniels Midland shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Golden Growers Coop and Archer Daniels Midland, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golden Growers Coop 0 0 0 0 N/A
Archer Daniels Midland 0 6 5 0 2.45

Archer Daniels Midland has a consensus price target of $49.93, indicating a potential upside of 16.08%. Given Archer Daniels Midland’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Archer Daniels Midland is more favorable than Golden Growers Coop.

Profitability

This table compares Golden Growers Coop and Archer Daniels Midland’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Golden Growers Coop N/A N/A N/A
Archer Daniels Midland 2.81% 10.51% 4.94%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Golden Growers Coop and Archer Daniels Midland’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Golden Growers Coop N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Archer Daniels Midland $64.34 billion 0.37 $1.81 billion $3.50 12.29

Archer Daniels Midland has higher revenue and earnings than Golden Growers Coop.

Dividends

Archer Daniels Midland pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Golden Growers Coop does not pay a dividend. Archer Daniels Midland pays out 40.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Archer Daniels Midland has raised its dividend for 43 consecutive years.

Summary

Archer Daniels Midland beats Golden Growers Coop on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Golden Growers Coop Company Profile

Golden Growers Cooperative operates as an agricultural cooperative association for its members primarily from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. It owns a 49% interest in ProGold Limited Liability Company that owns and leases its corn wet-milling facility, which processes corn into high fructose corn syrup and related co-products, located in Wahpeton, North Dakota. The company facilitates its members to deliver corn to the corn wet-milling facility. Golden Growers Cooperative was founded in 1994 and is based in West Fargo, North Dakota.

Archer Daniels Midland Company Profile

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company procures, transports, stores, processes, and merchandises agricultural commodities, products, and ingredients in the United States and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Origination, Oilseeds, Carbohydrate Solutions, and Nutrition. It buys, stores, cleans, and transports agricultural commodities, such as oilseeds, corn, wheat, milo, oats, rice, and barley, as well as resells these commodities primarily as food and feed ingredients and as raw materials for the agricultural processing industry. The company also engages in agricultural commodities merchandising and handling activities; and activities related to structured trade finance, and import and distribution of agricultural feed products. In addition, it offers vegetable oils and protein meals; ingredients for the food, feed, energy, and industrial products industries; crude vegetable oils, salad oils, margarine, shortening, and other food products; and partially refined oils to produce biodiesel and glycols for use in chemicals, paints, and other industrial products. Further, the company provides peanuts, tree nuts, peanut-derived ingredients, cottonseed flour, and cotton cellulose pulp; sweeteners, corn and wheat starches, syrup, glucose, dextrose, and bioproducts; alcohol and other food and animal feed ingredients; ethyl alcohol and ethanol; corn gluten feed and meal, as well as distillers' grains; and citric acids. Additionally, the company provides natural flavor ingredients, flavor systems, natural colors, proteins, emulsifiers, soluble fiber, polyols, hydrocolloids, natural health and nutrition products, and other specialty food and feed ingredients; edible beans; formula feeds, and animal health and nutrition products; and contract and private label pet treats and foods. It also engages in futures commission merchant and insurance services. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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