Reviewing AgroFresh Solutions (AGFS) & The Competition

AgroFresh Solutions (NASDAQ: AGFS) is one of 186 public companies in the “IT Services & Consulting” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare AgroFresh Solutions to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

72.2% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.5% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 15.2% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.3% of shares of all “IT Services & Consulting” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AgroFresh Solutions and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
AgroFresh Solutions $159.67 million -$111.56 million -4.09
AgroFresh Solutions Competitors $2.81 billion $293.37 million 303.85

AgroFresh Solutions’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than AgroFresh Solutions. AgroFresh Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares AgroFresh Solutions and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AgroFresh Solutions 15.71% 10.14% 4.09%
AgroFresh Solutions Competitors -19.64% -270.70% -4.58%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for AgroFresh Solutions and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AgroFresh Solutions 0 1 0 0 2.00
AgroFresh Solutions Competitors 723 4643 7394 163 2.54

AgroFresh Solutions presently has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 39.86%. As a group, “IT Services & Consulting” companies have a potential upside of 1.49%. Given AgroFresh Solutions’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe AgroFresh Solutions is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

AgroFresh Solutions has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AgroFresh Solutions’ peers have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.


AgroFresh Solutions peers beat AgroFresh Solutions on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

AgroFresh Solutions Company Profile

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., formerly Boulevard Acquisition Corp., is a developer of agricultural technologies that preserve the freshness and value of fresh produce, including apples, pears, kiwifruit, avocados and bananas, as well as flowers. The Company’s principal product, The SmartFresh Quality System (SmartFresh), regulates the post-harvest ripening effects of ethylene, the naturally occurring plant hormone that triggers ripening in certain fruits and vegetables, through technology. SmartFresh is naturally biodegradable and leaves no detectable residue, which has significant consumer appeal. SmartFresh allows growers and packers to deliver just harvested freshness on a year-round basis. An integral part of the SmartFresh sales process is the AgroFresh Whole Product offering, which is a direct service model that provides customers with on-site applications of SmartFresh at their storage facilities combined with advisory services. The Company operates in approximately 40 countries.

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