YaSheng Group (OTCMKTS:HERB) & Alico (NASDAQ:ALCO) Critical Review

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YaSheng Group (OTCMKTS:HERB) and Alico (NASDAQ:ALCO) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.


This table compares YaSheng Group and Alico’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
YaSheng Group N/A N/A N/A
Alico 25.58% -0.87% -0.41%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

46.8% of Alico shares are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of Alico shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares YaSheng Group and Alico’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
YaSheng Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alico $92.51 million 2.34 $23.66 million ($0.24) -120.38

Alico has higher revenue and earnings than YaSheng Group.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for YaSheng Group and Alico, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
YaSheng Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Alico 0 0 1 0 3.00

Alico has a consensus target price of $40.00, suggesting a potential upside of 38.46%. Given Alico’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Alico is more favorable than YaSheng Group.

Volatility & Risk

YaSheng Group has a beta of 2.78, suggesting that its share price is 178% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alico has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Alico beats YaSheng Group on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

YaSheng Group Company Profile

YaSheng Group, through its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets farming and sideline products; chemical materials and products; textiles; construction materials; and livestock and poultry products primarily in the People's Republic of China. It cultivates, processes, markets, and distributes various food and agro-byproducts. The company's products include cotton, corns, barley, wheat, flax, and alfalfa; vegetables comprising onions, potatoes, beet, and peas; fruits, including apples, pears, and apricots; specialty crops consisting of hops, wolfberries, cumin, hemp, and liquorices; seeds, such as black melon, sunflower, corn, hemp, and flax seeds; and eggs. It also provides construction materials, such as cement; and designs, develops, and markets new technologies related to agriculture and genetic biology. The company sells its products to food processors, supermarkets, and wholesale stores through distributors, as well as to direct customers. YaSheng Group exports its products. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Lanzhou, the People's Republic of China. As of December 31, 2015, YaSheng Group is a subsidiary of Gansu Yasheng Salt Chemical Industrial Group, Ltd.

Alico Company Profile

Alico, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an agribusiness and land management company in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Alico Citrus, and Land Management and Other Operations. The Alico Citrus segment cultivates citrus trees to produce citrus for delivery to the processed and fresh citrus markets. The Land Management and Other Operations segment owns and manages land in Collier, Glades, and Hendry Counties; and leasing of land for recreational and grazing purposes, conservation, and mining activities. As of September 30, 2020, it owned 99,760 acres of land located in eight counties in Florida, which include the Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Polk. The company was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida.

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