Marrone Bio Innovations (NASDAQ: MBII) is one of 27 public companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Marrone Bio Innovations to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

39.0% of Marrone Bio Innovations shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of Marrone Bio Innovations shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.4% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

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’ rivals have a beta of 0.94, suggesting that their average stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Marrone Bio Innovations and its rivals, 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 214 818 909 34 2.39

Marrone Bio Innovations currently has a consensus target price of $2.50, indicating a potential upside of 125.23%. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 0.72%. Given Marrone Bio Innovations’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Marrone Bio Innovations is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Marrone Bio Innovations and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Marrone Bio Innovations $16.95 million -$21.12 million -0.95
Marrone Bio Innovations Competitors $3.75 billion $757.16 million 14.74

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

Profitability

This table compares Marrone Bio Innovations and its rivals’ 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 -398.76% -15.17% -9.33%

Summary

Marrone Bio Innovations rivals beat Marrone Bio Innovations on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About Marrone Bio Innovations

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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