Reviewing Aquabounty Technologies (AQB) & Pingtan Marine Enterprise (PME)

Pingtan Marine Enterprise (NASDAQ:PME) and Aquabounty Technologies (NASDAQ:AQB) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Dividends

Pingtan Marine Enterprise pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Aquabounty Technologies does not pay a dividend.



Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Pingtan Marine Enterprise and Aquabounty Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pingtan Marine Enterprise 0 0 0 0 N/A
Aquabounty Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00

Aquabounty Technologies has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 51.52%. Given Aquabounty Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Aquabounty Technologies is more favorable than Pingtan Marine Enterprise.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pingtan Marine Enterprise and Aquabounty Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pingtan Marine Enterprise $63.21 million 2.65 $29.65 million N/A N/A
Aquabounty Technologies $53.28 million 0.64 -$9.25 million ($1.06) -2.49

Pingtan Marine Enterprise has higher revenue and earnings than Aquabounty Technologies.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.8% of Pingtan Marine Enterprise shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.5% of Aquabounty Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 56.3% of Pingtan Marine Enterprise shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of Aquabounty Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Pingtan Marine Enterprise and Aquabounty Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pingtan Marine Enterprise 31.50% 11.49% 8.14%
Aquabounty Technologies N/A -46.49% -38.03%

Volatility and Risk

Pingtan Marine Enterprise has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aquabounty Technologies has a beta of -2.43, suggesting that its stock price is 343% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Pingtan Marine Enterprise beats Aquabounty Technologies on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pingtan Marine Enterprise Company Profile

Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. engages in the ocean fishing business. The company harvests a range of fish species, such as ribbon fish, croaker fish, pomfret, Spanish mackerel, Reefcod, conger eel, and squid with its owned and licensed vessels operating within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone, Indo-Pacific waters, the Arafura Sea of Indonesia, and international waters of Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. As of December 31, 2017, it owned 91 trawlers, 15 drifters, 6 squid jigging vessels, 4 longline fishing vessels, 3 light luring seine vessels, and 1 transport vessel, as well as had operating license rights to 20 drifters. The company serves various customers, including distributors, restaurant owners, and exporters in the People's Republic of China. Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. is based in Fuzhou, the People's Republic of China.

Aquabounty Technologies Company Profile

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., a biotechnology company, develops and markets products to enhance productivity in aquaculture. It offers AquAdvantage Salmon, a genetically modified Atlantic salmon for human consumption. The company was formerly known as Aqua Bounty Farms, Inc. and changed its name to AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. in June 2004. AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts. AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. is a subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation.

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