Critical Contrast: Vantage Energy Acquisition (VEAC) vs. AgroFresh Solutions (AGFS)

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Vantage Energy Acquisition (NASDAQ:VEAC) and AgroFresh Solutions (NASDAQ:AGFS) are both small-cap unclassified companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vantage Energy Acquisition and AgroFresh Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vantage Energy Acquisition N/A N/A $4.05 million N/A N/A
AgroFresh Solutions $178.79 million 0.68 -$30.06 million ($0.56) -4.20

Vantage Energy Acquisition has higher earnings, but lower revenue than AgroFresh Solutions.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.9% of Vantage Energy Acquisition shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.9% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by company insiders. 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

Vantage Energy Acquisition has a beta of 0.02, suggesting that its stock price is 98% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AgroFresh Solutions has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Vantage Energy Acquisition and AgroFresh Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vantage Energy Acquisition N/A 81.14% 0.73%
AgroFresh Solutions -18.51% -8.47% -3.43%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Vantage Energy Acquisition and AgroFresh Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vantage Energy Acquisition 0 0 0 0 N/A
AgroFresh Solutions 0 1 2 0 2.67

AgroFresh Solutions has a consensus target price of $5.63, suggesting a potential upside of 139.72%. Given AgroFresh Solutions’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AgroFresh Solutions is more favorable than Vantage Energy Acquisition.

Summary

AgroFresh Solutions beats Vantage Energy Acquisition on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vantage Energy Acquisition Company Profile

Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. does not have significant operations. It intends to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more operating businesses. The company was incorporated in 2017 and is based in Englewood, Colorado.

AgroFresh Solutions Company Profile

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. provides data-driven solutions worldwide. The company uses 1-Methylcyclopropene technology, an ethylene action inhibitor to maintain freshness and extend the shelf life of various fresh produce. Its solutions enable growers and packers of fresh produce to preserve and enhance the freshness, quality, and value of fresh produce, including apples, pears, kiwifruit, plums, persimmons avocados, and bananas, as well as flowers. The company's flagship product is the SmartFresh system that regulates the post-harvest ripening effects of ethylene to preserve the texture, firmness, taste, and appearance of produce during storage, transportation, and retail display. It also provides Harvista technology for use in pre-harvest management of pome fruit, apples, pears, cherries, and blueberries. In addition, the company is developing RipeLock Quality System, a proprietary technology that extends the shelf life of bananas; FreshCloud, a suite of monitoring and screening solutions; and LandSpring, a technology that minimizes stress induced ethylene effects in vegetable seedling transplants allowing for post-transplant vigor. The company was formerly known as Boulevard Acquisition Corp. and changed its name to AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. in July 2015. AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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