Head to Head Analysis: Calyxt (CLXT) & China Green Agriculture (CGA)

Calyxt (NASDAQ:CLXT) and China Green Agriculture (NYSE:CGA) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Calyxt and China Green Agriculture’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calyxt -6,256.67% -33.08% -26.44%
China Green Agriculture -1.06% -0.73% -0.62%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.3% of Calyxt shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.1% of China Green Agriculture shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Calyxt shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 30.3% of China Green Agriculture shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Calyxt and China Green Agriculture’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calyxt $510,000.00 662.26 -$25.98 million ($1.12) -9.26
China Green Agriculture $287.05 million 0.09 -$6.93 million N/A N/A

China Green Agriculture has higher revenue and earnings than Calyxt.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Calyxt and China Green Agriculture, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calyxt 0 2 2 0 2.50
China Green Agriculture 0 0 0 0 N/A

Calyxt currently has a consensus target price of $23.06, indicating a potential upside of 122.40%. Given Calyxt’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Calyxt is more favorable than China Green Agriculture.

Risk and Volatility

Calyxt has a beta of 3.34, suggesting that its stock price is 234% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Green Agriculture has a beta of 1.42, suggesting that its stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

China Green Agriculture beats Calyxt on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Calyxt Company Profile

Calyxt, Inc., a consumer-centric food- and agriculture-focused company, develops healthier specialty food ingredients and food crops using gene-editing technology for plants in the United States. It engages in the development of high oleic soybeans, high fiber wheat, herbicide tolerant wheat, powdery mildew resistant wheat, improved oil composition canola, herbicide tolerant canola, improved quality alfalfa and herbicide tolerant alfalfa, late blight resistant potatoes, cold storable/reduced browning potatoes, improved protein composition soybeans, drought tolerant soybeans, herbicide tolerant soybeans, and improved yield soybeans. The Company was formerly known as Cellectis Plant Sciences, Inc. and changed its name to Calyxt, Inc. in May 2015. Calyxt, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Roseville, Minnesota. Calyxt, Inc. is a subsidiary of Cellectis S.A.

China Green Agriculture Company Profile

China Green Agriculture, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, production, and sale of various types of fertilizers and agricultural products. The company operates in three segments: Jinong, Gufeng, and Yuxing. Its fertilizer products include humic acid-based compound fertilizers, compound fertilizers, blended fertilizers, organic compound fertilizers, slow-release fertilizers, water-soluble fertilizers, and mixed organic-inorganic compound fertilizers. The company markets its fertilizer products to private wholesalers and retailers of agricultural farm products. It also develops, produces, and sells fruits, vegetables, flowers, and colored seedlings. The company sells its decorative flowers to end-users, such as flower shops, luxury hotels, and government agencies; fruits and vegetables to supermarkets and upscale restaurants; and seedlings to city planning departments. As of June 30, 2017, it operated a network of 1,947 regional distributors covering 22 provinces, 4 autonomous regions, and 4 central government-controlled municipalities in China. The company also exports its products through contracted distributors to India and Africa. China Green Agriculture, Inc. is based in Xi'an, the People's Republic of China.

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