Critical Survey: Yara International ASA (YARIY) vs. TAIWAN FD INC/SH (TWN)

Yara International ASA (OTCMKTS:YARIY) and TAIWAN FD INC/SH (NYSE:TWN) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Yara International ASA and TAIWAN FD INC/SH’s top-line 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 0.95 $477.98 million N/A N/A
TAIWAN FD INC/SH $4.68 million 29.03 $1.67 million N/A N/A

Yara International ASA has higher revenue and earnings than TAIWAN FD INC/SH.

Dividends

Yara International ASA pays an annual dividend of $0.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. TAIWAN FD INC/SH pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Yara International ASA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.1% of TAIWAN FD INC/SH shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of TAIWAN FD INC/SH shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Yara International ASA and TAIWAN FD INC/SH, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Yara International ASA 0 0 3 0 3.00
TAIWAN FD INC/SH 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility and Risk

Yara International ASA has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TAIWAN FD INC/SH has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Yara International ASA and TAIWAN FD INC/SH’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Yara International ASA 0.82% 4.26% 2.60%
TAIWAN FD INC/SH N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Yara International ASA beats TAIWAN FD INC/SH on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Yara International ASA Company Profile

Yara International ASA provides environmental and industrial solutions in Norway and internationally. It operates through three segments: Crop Nutrition, Industrial, and Production. The Crop Nutrition segment offers nitrogen-based fertilizers, including urea, urea ammonium nitrate, calcium ammonium nitrate, ammonium nitrate, calcium nitrate, and compound fertilizers that contain plant nutrients, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, as well as foliar and fertigation solutions through micronutrients. It also sells phosphate- and potash-based fertilizers sourced from third parties, as well as delivers equipment and services to store or handle products. This segment sells its products to distributors, as well as directly to farmers and co-operatives. The Industrial segment develops and sells urea, ammonia, phosphate, nitric acid, technical ammonium nitrate, and calcium nitrate for industrial applications within base chemicals, mining applications, animal nutrition, environmental solutions, and industrial nitrates. It also provides solution of reagents, technology, and service for NOx abatement for industrial plants, and transport at land and sea. The Production segment produces ammonia, fertilizers, and industrial products. It is also involved in the operation of phosphate mines; trade and shipping of ammonia; and sale of fertilizers. The company also provides logistics services; and operates customer service centers. It provides its products under the YaraBela, YaraLiva, YaraMila, YaraTera, YaraVera, and YaraVita brands. The company was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

TAIWAN FD INC/SH Company Profile

The Taiwan Fund, Inc. is a diversified closed-end investment company, which seeks long term capital appreciation primarily through investments in equity securities listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The company was founded on December 23, 1986 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

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