Reviewing Genco Shipping & Trading (NASDAQ:FREE) and Cosan (NASDAQ:CZZ)

Genco Shipping & Trading (NASDAQ:FREE) and Cosan (NYSE:CZZ) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Genco Shipping & Trading and Cosan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genco Shipping & Trading N/A N/A N/A
Cosan 8.65% 13.56% 3.19%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

51.8% of Genco Shipping & Trading shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.0% of Cosan shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Genco Shipping & Trading and Cosan’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Genco Shipping & Trading N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cosan $5.01 billion 0.84 $333.56 million $1.34 12.88

Cosan has higher revenue and earnings than Genco Shipping & Trading.

Risk & Volatility

Genco Shipping & Trading has a beta of 0.17, meaning that its share price is 83% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cosan has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Genco Shipping & Trading and Cosan, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genco Shipping & Trading 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cosan 0 3 1 0 2.25

Cosan has a consensus price target of $16.68, suggesting a potential downside of 3.39%. Given Cosan’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cosan is more favorable than Genco Shipping & Trading.

Summary

Cosan beats Genco Shipping & Trading on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Genco Shipping & Trading Company Profile

Whole Earth Brands, Inc. operates as a global platform of branded products and ingredients focusing on the consumer transition towards natural alternatives, plant-based, clean label, and non-sugar products. The company offers various licorice products from licorice root, intermediary licorice extracts, and crude derivatives for the tobacco industry as tobacco flavor enhancing and moistening agents; and food and beverage processors, confectioners, cosmetic companies, and pharmaceutical manufacturers for use as flavoring or masking agents, as well as sells licorice root residue as garden mulch under the name Right Dress. It also manufactures, markets, and distributes tabletop sweeteners for the consumer food markets primarily under the Equal, Canderel, Pure Via, and Whole Earth Sweetener brands through the food retail, mass merchandising, pharmacy, and food service channels. The company is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Cosan Company Profile

Cosan Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in fuel and natural gas distribution, logistics, lubricant, sugar and ethanol businesses primarily in Brazil and internationally. The company's Raízen Energia produces and markets products derived from sugar cane, including raw sugar, anhydrous, and hydrated ethanol, as well as activities related to energy cogeneration from sugarcane bagasse. Its Raízen Combustíveis segment distributes and markets fuels, primarily through a franchised network of service stations under the Shell brand in Brazil. The company's COMGÁS segment distributes piped natural gas to customers in the industrial, residential, commercial, automotive, thermo-generation and cogeneration sectors in Sao Paulo. Its Cosan Logística segment provides logistics services for transport, storage, and port loading of commodities, primarily for sugar products; and leases locomotives, wagons, and other railway equipment. The company's Lubricants segment produces and distributes lubricants under the Mobil and Comma brands. It operates a network of approximately 6,272 service stations and 950 convenience stores, as well as 68 distribution terminals and 68 airports supplying jet fuel. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in São Paulo, Brazil.

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