Head to Head Analysis: Green Plains (GPRE) and CTD (OTCMKTS:CTDH)

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Green Plains (NASDAQ:GPRE) and CTD (OTCMKTS:CTDH) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Green Plains has a beta of 1.25, suggesting that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CTD has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Green Plains and CTD’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Green Plains 0.23% -4.22% -1.63%
CTD -454.09% -637.76% -223.72%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Green Plains and CTD’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Green Plains $3.60 billion 0.15 $61.06 million ($0.86) -15.56
CTD $1.24 million 56.35 -$3.83 million N/A N/A

Green Plains has higher revenue and earnings than CTD.


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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Green Plains and CTD, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Green Plains 0 1 1 0 2.50
CTD 0 0 0 0 N/A

Green Plains currently has a consensus price target of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 86.85%. Given Green Plains’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Green Plains is more favorable than CTD.


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

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.

CTD Company Profile

CTD Holdings, Inc., a biotechnology company, develops cyclodextrin-based products for the treatment of diseases. The company's lead drug candidate is Trappsol Cyclo, an orphan drug for the treatment of Neimann-Pick Type C disease. The company also sells cyclodextrins and related products to the pharmaceutical, nutritional, and other industries, primarily for use in diagnostics and specialty drugs. CTD Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is based in Gainesville, Florida.

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