Nutrien (NYSE:NTR) and Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group (OTCMKTS:KWBT) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Nutrien pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group does not pay a dividend. Nutrien pays out 63.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Nutrien and Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nutrien 0 5 11 1 2.76
Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Nutrien currently has a consensus target price of $61.73, suggesting a potential upside of 14.51%. Given Nutrien’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Nutrien is more favorable than Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group.

Profitability

This table compares Nutrien and Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nutrien 18.20% 12.95% 6.32%
Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group 7.33% 23.66% 10.83%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nutrien and Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nutrien $19.64 billion 1.66 $3.57 billion $2.69 20.04
Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group $17.27 million 0.97 $5.30 million N/A N/A

Nutrien has higher revenue and earnings than Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.1% of Nutrien shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Nutrien shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Nutrien has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group has a beta of 5.62, suggesting that its stock price is 462% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Nutrien beats Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nutrien Company Profile

Nutrien Ltd. produces and markets crop nutrients worldwide. The company offers potash, nitrogen, phosphate, and solid and liquid phosphate fertilizers; and phosphate feed, ammonium sulfate, and industrial acid products. It also retails seeds, crop protection and crop nutrient products, merchandise products, and agronomic services through operating 1,500 retail locations. The company was incorporated in 2017 and is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada.

Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group Company Profile

Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, distributes, and markets bio-technological products for the agricultural market primarily in the People's Republic of China. It offers bacillus species and/or photosynthetic bacteria based biological organic and compound microbial fertilizers. The company has a strategic relationship with ETS (Tianjin) Biological Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. to produce bio-fertilizers in the People's Republic of China and internationally; and strategic cooperation agreements with the Beijing Zhongpin Agricultural Science and Technology Development Center, as well as China Academy of Agricultural Science's Institute of Agricultural Resources & Regional Planning, and Institute of Agricultural Economy & Development. Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group Corporation was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Yangling, China.

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