Reviewing Green Plains Partners (GPP) & Gevo (GEVO)

Green Plains Partners (NASDAQ: GPP) and Gevo (NASDAQ:GEVO) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Green Plains Partners and Gevo’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Green Plains Partners 55.59% -129.01% 67.20%
Gevo -149.25% -38.26% -23.48%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

54.6% of Green Plains Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.9% of Gevo shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Gevo shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Green Plains Partners and Gevo’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Green Plains Partners $107.21 million 5.68 $68.92 million $1.83 10.46
Gevo $26.51 million 0.39 -$18.50 million N/A N/A

Green Plains Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Gevo.

Risk & Volatility

Green Plains Partners has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gevo has a beta of 2.92, indicating that its stock price is 192% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Green Plains Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.2%. Gevo does not pay a dividend. Green Plains Partners pays out 96.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Green Plains Partners and Gevo, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Green Plains Partners 0 0 5 0 3.00
Gevo 0 0 0 0 N/A

Green Plains Partners presently has a consensus price target of $21.38, indicating a potential upside of 11.62%. Given Green Plains Partners’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Green Plains Partners is more favorable than Gevo.

Summary

Green Plains Partners beats Gevo on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Green Plains Partners

Green Plains Partners LP provides fuel storage and transportation services. The Company owns, operates, develops and acquires ethanol and fuel storage facilities, terminals, transportation assets, and other related assets and businesses. The Company’s parent company is Green Plains Inc. (Green Plains). The Company was formed by Green Plains, a vertically integrated ethanol producer, to support its marketing and distribution activities as its primary downstream logistics provider. The Company’s ethanol storage assets are the principal method of storing ethanol produced at its parent’s ethanol production plants. Ethanol can be distributed from its storage facilities to bulk terminals through truck, railcar or barge. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or leased 39 ethanol storage facilities and approximately 56 acres of land. As of December 31, 2016, its storage tanks were located at or near its parent’s 17 ethanol production plants in Indiana and Illinois, among others

About Gevo

Gevo, Inc. (Gevo) is a renewable chemicals and next generation biofuels company. The Company has developed a technology that uses a combination of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering to focus primarily on the production of isobutanol, as well as related products from renewable feedstock. It has two operating segments: the Gevo, Inc. segment and the Gevo Development/Agri-Energy segment. Its Gevo, Inc. segment is responsible for research and development activities related to the future production of isobutanol, including the development of its biocatalysts, the production and sale of biojet fuel, its Retrofit process and the next generation of chemicals and biofuels that will be based on its isobutanol technology. Its Gevo Development/Agri-Energy segment is responsible for the operation of its Agri-Energy Facility and the production of ethanol, isobutanol and related products.

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