Head to Head Contrast: Nutrien (NTR) & China Green Agriculture (CGA)

Nutrien (NYSE:NTR) and China Green Agriculture (NYSE:CGA) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Nutrien has a beta of 0.7, indicating that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Green Agriculture has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Nutrien and China Green Agriculture’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nutrien 9.83% 10.27% 5.03%
China Green Agriculture 8.43% 5.93% 5.21%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nutrien and China Green Agriculture’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nutrien $4.55 billion 6.99 $327.00 million N/A N/A
China Green Agriculture $287.05 million 0.08 $25.15 million N/A N/A

Nutrien has higher revenue and earnings than China Green Agriculture.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.4% of Nutrien shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.1% of China Green Agriculture shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Nutrien shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 30.3% of China Green Agriculture shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Nutrien pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. China Green Agriculture does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Nutrien and China Green Agriculture, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nutrien 1 6 12 1 2.65
China Green Agriculture 0 0 0 0 N/A

Nutrien currently has a consensus price target of $62.19, suggesting a potential upside of 20.29%. Given Nutrien’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Nutrien is more favorable than China Green Agriculture.


Nutrien beats China Green Agriculture on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nutrien

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.

About China Green Agriculture

China Green Agriculture, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, production, and sale of various types of fertilizers and agricultural products. The company operates in three segments: Jinong, Gufeng, and Yuxing. Its fertilizer products include humic acid-based compound fertilizers, compound fertilizers, blended fertilizers, organic compound fertilizers, slow-release fertilizers, water-soluble fertilizers, and mixed organic-inorganic compound fertilizers. The company markets its fertilizer products to private wholesalers and retailers of agricultural farm products. It also develops, produces, and sells fruits, vegetables, flowers, and colored seedlings. The company sells its decorative flowers to end-users, such as flower shops, luxury hotels, and government agencies; fruits and vegetables to supermarkets and upscale restaurants; and seedlings to city planning departments. As of June 30, 2017, it operated a network of 1,947 regional distributors covering 22 provinces, 4 autonomous regions, and 4 central government-controlled municipalities in China. The company also exports its products through contracted distributors to India and Africa. China Green Agriculture, Inc. is based in Xi'an, the People's Republic of China.

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