Critical Survey: Pivotal Acquisition (NYSE:PVT) & AgroFresh Solutions (NYSE:AGFS)

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Pivotal Acquisition (NYSE:PVT) and AgroFresh Solutions (NASDAQ:AGFS) are both small-cap unclassified companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

55.3% of Pivotal Acquisition shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.5% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of AgroFresh Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pivotal Acquisition and AgroFresh Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pivotal Acquisition N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
AgroFresh Solutions $178.79 million 0.66 -$30.06 million ($0.56) -4.09

Pivotal Acquisition has higher earnings, but lower revenue than AgroFresh Solutions.

Profitability

This table compares Pivotal Acquisition and AgroFresh Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pivotal Acquisition N/A N/A N/A
AgroFresh Solutions -18.44% -8.77% -3.51%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Pivotal Acquisition and AgroFresh Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pivotal Acquisition 0 0 1 0 3.00
AgroFresh Solutions 0 1 4 0 2.80

Pivotal Acquisition presently has a consensus target price of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 37.73%. AgroFresh Solutions has a consensus target price of $5.08, indicating a potential upside of 121.83%. Given AgroFresh Solutions’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe AgroFresh Solutions is more favorable than Pivotal Acquisition.

Summary

AgroFresh Solutions beats Pivotal Acquisition on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pivotal Acquisition

Pivotal Acquisition Corp. does not have significant operations. It focuses on effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization, or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. The company was founded in 2018 and is based in New York, New York. Pivotal Acquisition Corp. operates as a subsidiary of LDiscovery, LLC.

About AgroFresh Solutions

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. provides data-driven solutions worldwide. The company uses 1-Methylcyclopropene technology, an ethylene action inhibitor to maintain freshness and extend the shelf life of various fresh produce. Its solutions enable growers and packers of fresh produce to preserve and enhance the freshness, quality, and value of fresh produce, including apples, pears, kiwifruit, plums, persimmons avocados, and bananas, as well as flowers. The company's flagship product is the SmartFresh system that regulates the post-harvest ripening effects of ethylene to preserve the texture, firmness, taste, and appearance of produce during storage, transportation, and retail display. It also provides Harvista technology for use in pre-harvest management of pome fruit, apples, pears, cherries, and blueberries. In addition, the company is developing RipeLock Quality System, a proprietary technology that extends the shelf life of bananas; FreshCloud, a suite of monitoring and screening solutions; and LandSpring, a technology that minimizes stress induced ethylene effects in vegetable seedling transplants allowing for post-transplant vigor. The company was formerly known as Boulevard Acquisition Corp. and changed its name to AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. in July 2015. AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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