Financial Survey: Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE) versus OriginClear (NASDAQ:OCLN)

Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE) and OriginClear (OTCMKTS:OCLN) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, dividends, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Green Plains pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. OriginClear does not pay a dividend. Green Plains pays out -22.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Green Plains has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OriginClear has a beta of -0.88, suggesting that its share price is 188% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Green Plains and OriginClear’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Green Plains $3.86 billion 0.12 $15.92 million ($2.17) -4.94
OriginClear $4.64 million 0.23 -$11.35 million N/A N/A

Green Plains has higher revenue and earnings than OriginClear.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.3% of Green Plains shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Green Plains shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Green Plains -0.08% -10.48% -4.50%
OriginClear 30.14% N/A -97.62%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Green Plains and OriginClear, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Green Plains 0 0 2 0 3.00
OriginClear 0 0 0 0 N/A

Green Plains presently has a consensus price target of $17.50, suggesting a potential upside of 63.09%. Given Green Plains’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Green Plains is more favorable than OriginClear.

Summary

Green Plains beats OriginClear on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Green Plains Company Profile

Green Plains Inc. produces, markets, and distributes ethanol in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Ethanol Production; Agribusiness and Energy Services; Food and Ingredients; and Partnership. The Ethanol Production segment produces and sells ethanol, distiller grains, and corn oil. The Agribusiness and Energy Services segment engages in the grain procurement, handling, and storage activities; and commodity marketing business, which purchases, markets, sells, and distributes ethanol, distiller grains, and corn oil, as well as crude oil, grain, natural gas, and other commodities in various markets. This segment also provides grain drying and storage services to grain producers. The Food and Ingredients segment purchases and sells feeder cattle to beef processors; and produces and sells white distilled vinegar and various specialty vinegars, such as balsamic, red wine, white wine, cider, and other varietals primarily to the food industry participants, including branded food companies, private label food manufacturers, and companies serving the foodservice channel. This segment also produces, trades in, and sells corn and soybean oil. The Partnership segment offers fuel storage and transportation services. As of December 31, 2018, this segment operated through 32 ethanol storage facilities; 7 fuel terminal facilities; and a fleet of approximately 2,840 leased railcars. The company was formerly known as Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. and changed its name to Green Plains Inc. in May 2014. Green Plains Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

OriginClear Company Profile

OriginClear, Inc. is a provider of water treatment solutions and the developer of a breakthrough water cleanup technology. It provides systems and services to treat water in a wide range of industries, such as municipal, pharmaceutical, semiconductors, industrial, and oil & gas. The company was founded by T. Riggs Eckelberry and Nicholas Eckelberry on June 1, 2007 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

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