Analyzing Calyxt (CLXT) & Monsanto (MON)

Calyxt (NASDAQ: CLXT) and Monsanto (NYSE:MON) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Calyxt and Monsanto’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Calyxt $510,000.00 906.53 -$25.98 million ($1.12) -14.73
Monsanto $14.64 billion 3.79 $2.26 billion $5.50 22.88

Monsanto has higher revenue and earnings than Calyxt. Calyxt is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Monsanto, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Calyxt and Monsanto’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Calyxt -5,930.60% -60.81% -46.54%
Monsanto 17.07% 37.31% 11.49%

Dividends

Monsanto pays an annual dividend of $2.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Calyxt does not pay a dividend. Monsanto pays out 39.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Calyxt and Monsanto, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Calyxt 0 1 4 0 2.80
Monsanto 1 10 2 0 2.08

Calyxt presently has a consensus price target of $29.05, suggesting a potential upside of 76.06%. Monsanto has a consensus price target of $126.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.52%. Given Calyxt’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Calyxt is more favorable than Monsanto.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

21.8% of Calyxt shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.9% of Monsanto shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Calyxt shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Monsanto shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Monsanto beats Calyxt on 9 of the 15 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, enhanced oil composition and herbicide tolerant canola, enhanced quality and herbicide tolerant alfalfa, late blight resistant potatoes, and cold storable/reduced browning potatoes, as well as enhanced protein composition, drought tolerant, herbicide tolerant, and enhanced 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 New Brighton, Minnesota. Calyxt, Inc. is a subsidiary of Cellectis S.A.

Monsanto Company Profile

Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. The Seeds and Genomics segment produces row crop seeds, including corn, soybean, cotton, and canola seeds under the DEKALB, Asgrow, and Deltapine brands; and vegetable seeds, such as tomato, pepper, melon, cucumber, squash, beans, broccoli, onions, lettuce, and others under the Seminis and De Ruiter brands. It also develops biotechnology traits that assist farmers in controlling insects and weeds in corn, soybean, and cotton crops under the SmartStax, YieldGard, YieldGard VT Triple, VT Triple PRO, and VT Double PRO brands; Intacta RR2 PRO brand; Bollgard and Bollgard II brands; Roundup Ready and Roundup Ready 2 Yield brands; and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend and Bollgard II XtendFlex brands. In addition, this segment licenses a range of germplasm and trait technologies to large and small seed companies. The Agricultural Productivity segment manufactures and sells herbicides for nonselective agricultural and residential lawn and garden applications for weed control under the Roundup brand name; and herbicides for selective agricultural applications for weed control under the XtendiMax brand name. The company markets its products through distributors, independent retailers and dealers, agricultural cooperatives, plant raisers, and agents, as well as directly to farmers. It has strategic alliance with Pairwise Plants to advance agriculture research and development by using gene-editing technology. The company was formerly known as Monsanto Ag Company and changed its name to Monsanto Company in March 2000. Monsanto Company was founded in 2000 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

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