Analyzing Wave Sync (WAYS) & Green Plains (GPRE)

Wave Sync (OTCMKTS:WAYS) and Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Dividends

Green Plains pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Wave Sync does not pay a dividend. Green Plains pays out -55.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Wave Sync and Green Plains’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Wave Sync $230,000.00 205.73 -$4.86 million N/A N/A
Green Plains $3.60 billion 0.16 $61.06 million ($0.86) -15.67

Green Plains has higher revenue and earnings than Wave Sync.

Volatility and Risk

Wave Sync has a beta of 0.38, indicating that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Green Plains has a beta of 1.11, indicating that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Wave Sync and Green Plains, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Wave Sync 0 0 0 0 N/A
Green Plains 0 1 2 0 2.67

Green Plains has a consensus price target of $26.00, indicating a potential upside of 92.88%. Given Green Plains’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Green Plains is more favorable than Wave Sync.

Profitability

This table compares Wave Sync and Green Plains’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Wave Sync N/A -1,106.34% -487.74%
Green Plains 0.23% -4.22% -1.63%

Summary

Green Plains beats Wave Sync on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Wave Sync Company Profile

Wave Sync Corp., a development stage company, engages in the design, development, and proliferation of next generation debit and credit cards for financial institutions in the United States. The company offers its products by employing secured encryption transmitted through audio wave technology. It also supplies and sells electronic inlays embedded with audio chips and other modules to card manufacturers. The company is based in Randolph, New Jersey.

Green Plains Company Profile

Green Plains Inc. produces, markets, and distributes ethanol in the United States and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Ethanol Production; Agribusiness and Energy Services; Food and Ingredients; and Partnership. The Ethanol Production segment produces and sells ethanol, distiller grains, and corn oil. The Agribusiness and Energy Services segment engages in the grain procurement, handling, and storage activities; and commodity marketing business, which purchases, markets, sells, and distributes ethanol, distiller grains, and corn oil, as well as crude oil, grain, natural gas, and other commodities in various markets. This segment also provides grain drying and storage services to grain producers. The Food and Ingredients segment purchases and sells feeder cattle to meat processors; and produces and sells white distilled vinegar and various specialty vinegar, such as balsamic, red wine, white wine, cider, and other varietals primarily to the food industry participants, including branded food companies, private label food manufacturers, and companies serving the foodservice channel, as well as for retail and industrial uses. This segment also produces, trades in, and sells corn and soybean oil. The Partnership segment offers fuel storage and transportation services. As of December 31, 2017, this segment owned 39 ethanol storage facilities; 8 fuel terminal facilities; and approximately a fleet of 3,500 leased railcars. The company was formerly known as Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. and changed its name to Green Plains Inc. in May 2014. Green Plains Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

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