CVR Partners, (NYSE: UAN) and Syngenta AG (NYSE:SYT) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitabiliy, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for CVR Partners, and Syngenta AG, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CVR Partners, 0 0 1 0 3.00
Syngenta AG 0 2 1 1 2.75

CVR Partners, currently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 68.07%. Syngenta AG has a consensus target price of $91.60, indicating a potential downside of 1.30%. Given CVR Partners,’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CVR Partners, is more favorable than Syngenta AG.

Profitability

This table compares CVR Partners, and Syngenta AG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CVR Partners, -14.98% -5.85% -2.80%
Syngenta AG N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CVR Partners, and Syngenta AG’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CVR Partners, $368.51 million 1.10 $81.38 million ($0.49) -7.29
Syngenta AG $12.79 billion 3.35 $2.62 billion N/A N/A

Syngenta AG has higher revenue and earnings than CVR Partners,.

Dividends

CVR Partners, pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Syngenta AG does not pay a dividend. CVR Partners, pays out -16.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

22.5% of CVR Partners, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.9% of Syngenta AG shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

CVR Partners, has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Syngenta AG has a beta of 0.99, meaning that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Syngenta AG beats CVR Partners, on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CVR Partners,

CVR Partners, LP is a limited partnership formed by CVR Energy, Inc. (CVR Energy) to own, operate and grow its nitrogen fertilizer business. The Company produces and distributes nitrogen fertilizer products, which are used by farmers to manage the yield and quality of their crops. As of December 31, 2016, the Company produced its nitrogen fertilizer products at two manufacturing facilities, located in Coffeyville, Kansas and East Dubuque, Illinois. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s Coffeyville Facility included a 1,300 ton-per-day capacity ammonia unit, a 3,000 ton-per-day capacity urea-ammonium nitrate (UAN) unit, and a gasifier complex having a capacity of 89 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen. The gasifier is a dual-train facility, with each gasifier able to function independently of the other. The Coffeyville Facility utilizes a petroleum coke, or pet coke, gasification process to produce nitrogen fertilizer.

About Syngenta AG

Syngenta AG (Syngenta) is an agribusiness company. The Company operates in the crop protection and seeds business, which is involved in the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of a range of products designed to improve crop yields and food quality, and in the lawn and garden business, which provides professional growers and consumers with flowers, turf and landscape, and professional pest management products. It operates in four geographic regions: Europe, Africa and Middle East; North America; Latin America, and Asia Pacific. It also operates the Crop Protection and Seeds businesses, and the global Lawn and Garden business. Syngenta has a range of selective herbicides that control grasses and broad-leaved weeds and are applicable to various crops. Syngenta has a range of Fungicides that prevent and cure fungal plant diseases. In addition, Syngenta has a range of biologicals into its portfolio in various countries, including the brands QUANTIS, ISABION and SAKALIA.

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