Critical Contrast: Aquabounty Technologies (AQB) vs. Pingtan Marine Enterprise (NASDAQ:PME)

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

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 38.24% 15.62% 10.97%
Aquabounty Technologies N/A -47.25% -38.80%

Dividends

Pingtan Marine Enterprise pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Aquabounty Technologies does not pay a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Pingtan Marine Enterprise and Aquabounty Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pingtan Marine Enterprise $63.21 million 2.86 $29.65 million N/A N/A
Aquabounty Technologies $53.28 million 0.71 -$9.25 million ($1.06) -2.36

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

Risk and Volatility

Pingtan Marine Enterprise has a beta of 0.06, suggesting that its stock price is 94% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aquabounty Technologies has a beta of -0.68, suggesting that its stock price is 168% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.8% of Pingtan Marine Enterprise shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.8% of Aquabounty Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 57.4% of Pingtan Marine Enterprise shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of Aquabounty Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets 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, indicating a potential upside of 60.00%. Given Aquabounty Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aquabounty Technologies is more favorable than Pingtan Marine Enterprise.

Summary

Pingtan Marine Enterprise beats Aquabounty Technologies on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pingtan Marine Enterprise

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.

About Aquabounty Technologies

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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