Green Plains Partners (NASDAQ: GPP) and Ceres (NASDAQ:CERE) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

54.6% of Green Plains Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Green Plains Partners has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ceres has a beta of 1.02, indicating that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Green Plains Partners and Ceres, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Green Plains Partners 0 0 5 0 3.00
Ceres 0 0 0 0 N/A

Green Plains Partners currently has a consensus target price of $21.38, suggesting a potential upside of 7.41%. Given Green Plains Partners’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Green Plains Partners is more favorable than Ceres.

Profitability

This table compares Green Plains Partners and Ceres’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Green Plains Partners 55.59% -129.01% 67.20%
Ceres -106.36% -319.82% -78.47%

Dividends

Green Plains Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.8%. Ceres does not pay a dividend. Green Plains Partners pays out 96.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Green Plains Partners and Ceres’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Green Plains Partners $107.21 million 5.90 $68.92 million $1.83 10.87
Ceres N/A N/A N/A ($1.82) -0.22

Green Plains Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Ceres. Ceres is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Green Plains Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Green Plains Partners beats Ceres on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Green Plains Partners

Green Plains Partners LP provides fuel storage and transportation services. The Company owns, operates, develops and acquires ethanol and fuel storage facilities, terminals, transportation assets, and other related assets and businesses. The Company’s parent company is Green Plains Inc. (Green Plains). The Company was formed by Green Plains, a vertically integrated ethanol producer, to support its marketing and distribution activities as its primary downstream logistics provider. The Company’s ethanol storage assets are the principal method of storing ethanol produced at its parent’s ethanol production plants. Ethanol can be distributed from its storage facilities to bulk terminals through truck, railcar or barge. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or leased 39 ethanol storage facilities and approximately 56 acres of land. As of December 31, 2016, its storage tanks were located at or near its parent’s 17 ethanol production plants in Indiana and Illinois, among others

About Ceres

Ceres, Inc. is an agricultural biotechnology company that develops and markets seeds and traits to produce crops for feed, forages, sugar and other markets. The Company uses a combination of plant breeding, biotechnology and bioinformatics to develop seed products and biotechnology traits. Its Forage sorghum seeds are used for growing feed for livestock, including dairy and beef cattle. Its technology platforms have application across various end markets, including food, feed, fiber and fuel. It has developed bioinformatics software, Persephone, to deal with the data generated in plant genomics. Its Persephone enables storage and access to datasets, as well as data visualizations to view genetic data from public sources and databases. It markets its seed products under the name Blade. Its customers include dairies and livestock producers, agri-industrial facilities, individual growers and grower cooperatives. It deploys a range of research and development methods and tools.

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