Marrone Bio Innovations (NASDAQ: MBII) is one of 28 public companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Marrone Bio Innovations to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Marrone Bio Innovations and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marrone Bio Innovations 0 2 1 0 2.33
Marrone Bio Innovations Competitors 178 729 885 31 2.42

Marrone Bio Innovations presently has a consensus target price of $2.50, indicating a potential upside of 138.10%. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 1.21%. Given Marrone Bio Innovations’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Marrone Bio Innovations is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Marrone Bio Innovations and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marrone Bio Innovations -177.10% N/A -64.21%
Marrone Bio Innovations Competitors -533.64% -14.43% -9.07%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Marrone Bio Innovations and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Marrone Bio Innovations $16.95 million -$21.12 million -0.90
Marrone Bio Innovations Competitors $3.75 billion $756.62 million 14.96

Marrone Bio Innovations’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Marrone Bio Innovations. Marrone Bio Innovations 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

51.1% of Marrone Bio Innovations shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.0% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Marrone Bio Innovations shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Marrone Bio Innovations has a beta of 0.29, suggesting that its stock price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marrone Bio Innovations’ peers have a beta of 0.95, suggesting that their average stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Marrone Bio Innovations peers beat Marrone Bio Innovations on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Marrone Bio Innovations Company Profile

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. offers bio-based pest management and plant health products. The Company’s bio-based products include naturally occurring microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi and plant extracts. It sells its products to crop protection market. Its four crop protection products include Regalia, Grandevo, Venerate and Majestene. Its products are used in both conventional and organic crop production, and are sold to growers of specialty crops, such as grapes, citrus, tomatoes, vegetables, nuts, leafy greens and ornamental plants. It offers Regalia for large-acre row crops, such as corn and soybeans. Its pipeline of early-stage discoveries and product candidates extends across a range of product types for end markets, including herbicides, fungicides, nematicides, insecticides, algaecides (for algae control), molluscicides (for mussel and snail control), and plant growth and plant stress regulators. It is engaged in developing MBI-010, MBI-110, Haven (MBI-505) and MBI-601.

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